Comparing Man Utd and Liverpool’s total net spend over the last nine years

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While money has become an increasingly important factor in football, Liverpool have proven that teams can be successful without breaking the bank. 

In comparison, Manchester United have spent hundreds of millions over the last few years and they’ve had a pretty underwhelming return on their investment.

Courtesy of Transfermarkt, we’ve looked at United and Liverpool’s net spend since the summer of 2011 to see how the two clubs compare.

2019-20:

Man Utd – £132.82million
Liverpool – £31.2million profit

2018-19:

Man Utd – £52.15m
Liverpool – £140.88m

2017-18:

Man Utd – £152.90m
Liverpool – £20.62m profit

2016-17:

Man Utd – £137.75m
Liverpool – £5.48m profit

2015-16:

Man Utd – £53.93m
Liverpool – £35.95m

2014-15:

Man Utd – £146.09m
Liverpool – £52.16m

2013-14:

Man Utd – £75.33m
Liverpool – £25.6m

2012-13:

Man Utd – £66.8m
Liverpool – £60.15m

2011-12:

Man Utd – £48.51m
Liverpool – £43.63m

Total net spend:

Man Utd – £866.28m
Liverpool – £301.06m

Despite spending over £500million more than Liverpool over the last nine years, United finished 33 points behind their rivals in 2019-20.

Big money signings like Angel Di Maria and Romelu Lukaku failed to live up to expectations at Old Trafford while Liverpool have made a number of astute signings.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have also made a profit in three of the last four years but United have always spent more money on new signings than they’ve made through player sales.


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