Last summer, off the back of lifting their 6th European Cup, there was the expectation that Liverpool would strengthen from a position of strength. Hello Big Name Singings, right? Not exactly.
Instead, they signed 16-year-old Harvey Elliott and veteran goalkeeper Adrian.
This summer, off the back of lifting their 19th league title, there was the expectation that Liverpool would strengthen from a position of strength.
So far, there have only been crickets and tumbleweeds this summer. And then after months of silence, Melissa Reddy broke the news on Tuesday night that Liverpool were in for Norwich City’s Jamal Lewis, among other potential fullback options. There is still a difference in the valuations between the two clubs, but it’s the first indication that Liverpool will sign anyone this summer.
This is all to say that this is exactly in keeping with FSG’s transfer policy under Jurgen Klopp. While it might frustrate fans to see bigger and flashier signings going to rivals, it’s hard to argue with the results.
They spend big when they have to, and spend smartly when possible.
When Liverpool signed Georginio Wijnaldum from a relegated Newcastle, there wasn’t much excitement. Same with Andy Robertson from a relegated Hull City. Both are now nailed-on starters in Klopp’s best XI.
FSG picked up James Milner and Joel Matip on free transfers. Both players are integral to the squad.