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You could have argued that Liverpool needed to spend big this summer anyway in order to keep challenging for the top honours.
Yes, Jurgen Klopp’s men did win the Champions League and came within a point of eventual champions Manchester City, but you simply can’t stand still at that level of the game and expect to get the same results.
The Reds were fortunate with injuries last term. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane missed just one game each, whilst Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk were ever present – if any one of them had missed a substantial chunk of the season however, it could’ve had a serious impact on how their campaign panned out after the duo finished joint-first in the Premier League Golden Boot race.
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In stark contrast, City were without Kevin De Bruyne and Benjamin Mendy for the most part of the season and had to limit the 34-year-old Fernandinho’s game time in order to manage him, but had enough strength in depth to defend their title.
That was the case then, and things have only got harder for Liverpool following City’s club-record signing of Rodri from Atletico Madrid for a fee of £62.8m – a significant moment in the market for the champions and for football in general.
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BBC Sport revealed in May that the Merseysiders are content with their squad and the feeling is that they would have to spend ‘astronomical’ amounts to improve their side – Bleacher Report have followed up by claiming Klopp has little interest in spending big this summer.
But if they aren’t prepared to spend big whilst City don’t hesitate in doing so, despite their already superior squad depth, Klopp’s men are more likely to fall further behind their title rivals next season rather than overtake them.
Even infamously frugal Tottenham have obliterated their transfer record to bring France midfielder Tanguy Ndombele to the club.
At the top of the footballing ladder, you simply can’t get complacent. Liverpool need to change their transfer stance or they’ll get caught resting on their laurels.