Comparing Man Utd and Liverpool’s net spend since Klopp arrived, 2015

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Paul Pogba (left) and Jurgen Klopp (right) talking after Manchester United and Liverpool's FA Cup match, Manchester, Old Trafford, 24 January 2021.

Manchester United and Liverpool are worlds apart, both in quality and in the Premier League table. But both clubs are financial powerhouses, so we’ve had a look at their net transfer spend since Jurgen Klopp took over at the Merseyside club in October 2015.

United are known for spending huge amounts of money, but their inconsistent transfer policy has meant that their huge squad is overpaid and underperforming.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have leapfrogged their rivals since Klopp arrived at Anfield, in part thanks to the club’s more careful transfer decisions.

Liverpool clinched the Champions League in 2018-19 and then went on to finally win their first Premier League the following season. In this campaign, they’ve already won the League Cup and are competing on all three fronts for a historic quadruple.

For Manchester United’s current interim manager, Ralf Ragnick, one of the reasons the Red Devils have fallen behind is the structure behind the scenes at the club.

“In Germany, we have a head coach and then there is usually a minimum of two skilled people continuously in the club on a longer-term basis responsible for recruitment, scouting, and any daily operation,” he told Sky Sports ahead of the North West derby.

“This still hasn’t got a big tradition here and so the job of a sporting director or director of football – only a few clubs have that.

“I know Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea also have smart people who take care of recruitment, scouting, the medical department… I think this is also an issue for our club, where they have to pay attention to.”

But just how big is the difference in transfer spending between United and Liverpool?

We’ve had a look at the figures from Transmarkt and found out the five biggest purchases and five biggest sales for both clubs since Klopp arrived in October 2015, as well as figured out the net spend for both clubs.

Look away now, United fans.


Five Biggest Purchases

1. Virgil van Dijk – £76milion
2. Alisson – £56million
3. Naby Keita – £54million
4. Fabinho – £40million
5. Diogo Jota – £40million

Five Biggest Sales

1. Phillipe Coutinho – £121million
2. Christian Benteke – £28million
3. Mamadou Sakho – £25million
4. Danny Ings – £22million
5. Dominic Solanke – £19million

Total Spent: £479.56million
Total Sold: £360.82million

Total Net Spend: £115.74million

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Mohamed Salah after the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, July 2020.

READ: Ranking all 25 signings Jurgen Klopp has made as Liverpool manager

Manchester United

Five Biggest Purchases

1. Paul Pogba – £94.5million
2. Harry Maguire – £78.3million
3. Jadon Sancho – £76.5million
4. Romelu Lukaku – £76.23million
5. Bruno Fernandes – £56.7million

Five Biggest Sales

1. Romelu Lukaku – £66.6million
2. Henrikh Mkhitaryan – £30.6million
3. Daniel James – £26.19million
4. Morgan Schniderlin – £20.7million
5. Memphis Depay – £14.4million

Total Spent: £832.23million
Total Sold: £229.22million

Total Net Spend: £603.01million

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