It’s annoying for Liverpool fans but they already knew what the score was.

The market is not as buoyant as it is in normal times – because these are certainly not normal times as the pandemic is devastating football as much as it is in all walks of life. Despite the financial inferno in European football, where players like Barcelona and Real Madrid have been forced into austerity to get their house in order, money is still being spent – a lot of money.

Manchester United has taken Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund a cool 73 million pounds from its market value, according to analysts at KPMG.

Arsenal spent £ 50m to catch Ben White from Brighton and Hove Albion, an inflation of nearly £ 20m on its market value, according to KPMG. Donyell Malen, a previously reported Liverpool destination, moved from PSV Eindhoven to Dortmund for € 30m (£ 25.6m), a move that analysts see as £ 5m below its market value.

Liverpool acted quickly earlier this summer to win RB Leipzig’s longstanding target Ibrahima Konaté, the French U21 international who cost the Reds £ 36m to activate his release clause with the Bundesliga club.

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Since then, there has been a lot of talk of inaction in the market when it comes to Reds’ earnings. The exit door has turned, but has to do more if Jürgen Klopp is to see a boost in his war chest. Marko Grujić, Taiwo Awoniyi and Harry Wilson have all packed their bags with Liverpool winning £ 29m back. Last summer the club had hoped to boost Grujić and Wilson’s values ​​to around £ 20m each, but a flat market and a lack of willing donors have meant they have had to accept far less.

That 29m roster is likely to lack depth as more players are relegated, with Xherdan Shaqiri, Divock Origi and Nat Phillips among those whose time on Anfield Road may have run out.

If Liverpool have previously spent a lot of money, particularly in the case of the landing of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker, two transformative signings for Klopp’s side, that has been backed up by huge spending. Philippe Coutinho went for $ 142 million in 2018

Reds fans have gotten used to how it works under the Fenway Sports Group, but that doesn’t mean it’s a universally popular method. Far from it.

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Liverpool’s success under the numerical, value-based model is seen by some as the way football should function in a more sustainable way. For others, however, the Reds’ owners fail to trade and spend money for the needs, at a time when they are better positioned than many others to take a blow.

While Liverpool continue to take stock and kick water after the pandemic, Chelsea are aiming to re-sign a striker he sold for £ 28million seven years ago for a £ 100million fee – their attempts to target Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan praise, endure. Weighted a £ 100million move of their own for Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, Manchester City are poised to spend even more to lure Tottenham Hotspur’s wanton talisman Harry Kane.

Sancho is at United with an agreed Raphaël Varane deal, while Arsenal has spent for White and is heavily linked to a huge expense for Inter striker Lautaro Martinez. It is the activity of their rivals at a time when many were expecting a calm window that is cause for concern among some Reds fans.

The problem with the FSG is that spending for this summer comes 12 months ahead of schedule and that they also have to negotiate bigger and better deals for their stars. Trent Alexander-Arnold has signed a new long-term contract and Alisson and Fabinho are expected to follow suit. Then there is the situation of longer deals for people like Mohamed Salah, van Dijk, Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino. This will not be a cheap exercise and will result in Liverpool’s wage bill, already the second highest in the Premier League, rising even further, exceeding it close to, if not more than, UEFA’s recommended wage / income ratio of 70 percent.

English clubs have tried to steal some of their rivals in Spain and Italy, two leagues that have suffered terribly from the coronavirus pandemic. The Premier League has been massively hit, of course, but negotiating the same big TV deals for the next cycle and the clubs’ stronger balance sheets have allowed them to weather the storm better than most.

The Spurs won’t be spending much: they are grappling with the nearly £ 1 billion debt of their new stadium. But Liverpool have been the outlier so far and are holding back on their business, despite having been linked to a number of names since the window opened.

Patience is a virtue, and it was an ease earlier in the window that the Reds had made an important deal nice and early and that the pieces would fall into place soon enough, helped by the departure of some of their fringe players. But with a trip to Norwich City on the opening day of the Premier League season only 10 days away, some concerns creep in that not enough quality has been added to solve last season’s problems.

And with City and Chelsea looking to cause a sensation just before the opener, Liverpool will have to pull some irons out of the fire pretty soon to allay some concerns.

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