- Money spent: £82.9m
- Money received: £40.9m
- Net Spend: £42m
Klopp may not be on seven sky for Liverpool’s transfer business this season but he has every right to be satisfied. The Reds technically only spent money on three players in this window – Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Andrew Robertson.
The only setback for German manager will be that they did not seal their annual transfer from Southampton in the form of Virgil van Dijk. The club did not follow due process when trying to sign him and had to back off before they invited more trouble.
Salah’s transfer gives his mobile attacking lineup very potent and they have arguably the best front three in the Premier League. The 4-0 rout of Arsenal only confirmed how lethal their partnership is.
Liverpool needed a midfielder but Andrew Robertson’s arrival frees up James Milner, allowing him to return to a midfield role. Like a new signing indeed!
Oh, and lest we forget, Naby Keita will join them in 2018 for a club record £63m. They’ve done enough to keep Bayern Munich at bay.
6) Tottenham Hotspur
- Money spent: £82.1m
- Money received: £92.3m
- Net Spend: -£10.2m
Mauricio Pochettino’s best move was to retain the backbone of the squad that has been the best team over the past two seasons combined. They may have faltered in the two title challenged but this is a young squad at a club that is now on a limited budget thanks to the renovation of White Hart Lane.
The signing of centre-back Davinson Sanchez (who snubbed Barcelona) for a club record £42m points to signs of a tactical shift to a back-three by Pochettino. Sanchez is still a little raw but could learn quickly under the tutelage of the Argentine manager.
Tottenham may have lost Kyle Walker but his near-namesake Kyle Walker-Peters has already shown that he can make the step up from the youth setup to fill in at right-back. The signing of Serge Aurier only strengthens what was their weakest position following Walker’s exit.