Liverpool have ran away with the title this season, the reds spent just over nine million on young talent Sepp van den Berg and Japanese winger Takumi Minamino.
Departures of long term favourite Daniel Sturridge, Simon Mignolet, Ryan Kent and Danny Ings made Liverpool £32 million.
The Reds faced criticism for poor recruitment under Brendan Rodgers. Liverpool famously replacing star striker Luis Suarez with Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli who between them scored 3 goals for the club.
However, since the arrival of Juergen Klopp this transfer model has been used effectively. In Klopps first summer Liverpool spent £71 million. The two big transfers that summer have been crucial players in Klopps side.
Sadio Mane joined from Southampton for £37 million. Georginio Wijnaldum was signed from relegated Newcastle for £25 million. The two signings were funded by the sales of some deadwood left in the squad. Christian Benteke, Jordan Ibe, Joe Allen and Martin Skrtel departed.
The next season Liverpool once again made a profit in 2017/18 that season but also had the first big depature of the Klopp era the January transfer window saw Philippe Coutinho leave Liverpool for £144 million to Barcelona.
Liverpool had spent big in the summer signing both Mohammed Salah and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for £70 million. They also signed Andrew Robertson from relegated Hull City for eight million.
In January Liverpool would make a huge signing in Virgil van Dijk. The Dutchman cost £75 million taking up a large chunk of the Coutinho money.
The end of the 2017/18 season saw Klopp’s men fall short in the Champions League final.
In 2018/19 the Reds spent more than they made from sales for the first time in Klopp’s reign. The owners FSG gave director Michael Edwards the funds to buy a team capable of challenging the giant that is Manchester City.
Reinvested transfer fees led to the capture of Alisson Becker. Naby Keita, Xherdan Shaqiri and Fabinho cost £107 million. Liverpool recuperated £36 million from the sales of Dominic Solanke and Danny Ward.
The season showed that Liverpool could compete with The Citizens and pushed them until the final game of the season where they fell short by one point.
However, the season saw the first silverware of the Klopp era as Liverpool won their sixth Champions League beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the final.
Liverpool have spent under £10 million this season showing that they can win without spending big. The reds are on course for their first Premier League title they currently sit 25 points clear of Man City. This along with still competing in the Champions League and the FA Cup shows that selling to buy has allowed Liverpool to compete with teams who can majorly outspend them.
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