Liverpool i Manchester City they went face to face Premier League titles in recent years, but this time it doesn’t seem to be the case.
City currently sit 13 points above the Reds after just 12 games played. There doesn’t seem to be a title battle between the two clubs this campaign.
Liverpool simply cannot compete with Man City.
That’s the view of Jurgen Klopp, who suggested his club cannot match City’s financial muscle in the transfer window.
Earlier this month, before Liverpool beat Man City 1-0 at Anfield, Klopp insisted the Merseysiders cannot keep up with Man City’s spending.
Klopp: Liverpool ‘can’t compete’ with Man City
“Nobody can compete with City,” Klopp said. “You have the best team in the world and you put the best striker on the market. Whatever it costs, you just do it.
“City won’t like it, nobody will like it, but you know the answer. What are Liverpool doing? We can’t act like them. It’s not possible, it’s not possible.
“It’s clear: there are three clubs in world football that can do what they want financially. It’s legal, everything is fine, but they can do what they want. Compete with them? It’s not possible to do that.
“I’ve heard Newcastle [sporting director Dan Ashworth] say there is no ceiling for this club – you are absolutely right. No ceiling for Newcastle. Congratulations, some clubs have ceilings.”
Is Klopp right to not be able to compete with Man City?
So is Klopp right? Can’t Liverpool compete with Man City in the transfer market?
Well, who better to turn to than the genius Swiss Ramble on Twitter?
Swiss Ramble has become famous for producing incredibly detailed and thought-provoking threads on football finance. And he’s done it again as he compares the spending of Man City and Liverpool.
It begins: “Some Liverpool fans are understandably unhappy with their team’s performances this season, identifying a lack of investment as one of the factors, particularly compared to Manchester City. This short thread will examine whether this is indeed the case.”
Some Liverpool fans are understandably unhappy with their team’s performances this season, identifying a lack of investment as one of the factors, especially compared to Manchester City. This short thread will examine whether this is indeed the case #LFC #MCFC
— Swiss Ramble (@SwissRamble) October 31, 2022
The following thread looks at the total money spent in recent years and discusses the fact that Liverpool “can’t compete” with Man City in terms of finances.
Check out the full thread below:
The thread concludes with the following statement: “As always when comparing the finances of football clubs it is best to look at more than one metric and then consider the impact over different time periods. This thread has shown that people may use a single statistic to ‘prove their point,’ but the full story is often more nuanced.”
Reaction to the thread
So it’s clear that the bottom line is that Liverpool can – and have – been competing with Man City in the transfer market in recent years. And that’s what many fans have taken away from the analysis above.
Check out some of the reactions:
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