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Comparing the transfer spending of Pep Guardiola at Man City and Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp

Closer examination of the transfer balance sheets at both clubs highlights the scale of Klopp's achievements.
Can Liverpool manager Jurgen Kopp take the Premier League trophy back from Manchester City and Pep Guardiola?

Can Liverpool manager Jurgen Kopp take the Premier League trophy back from Manchester City and Pep Guardiola?

Kevin Palmer

IT has been the enduring showdown of this Premier League era, yet the bank statements for Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp make for contrasting reading.

Klopp took over at Liverpool in October 2015, with Guardiola sweeping into power at Manchester City the following summer.

Over the last four years, the duo have dominated the Premier League title race, but closer examination of the transfer balance sheets at both clubs highlights the scale of Klopp's achievements.

City's signing of Jack Grealish last summer took Guardiola's spending at the club to the brink of the £1billion mark, with a spend of £963.3million and a net spend of £580.1million when player sales are added to the financial mix.

In contrast, Klopp has spent £512.1million in the transfer market during his time at Liverpool, with that total shrinking to a modest net spend of £151.7million when player sales are added, according to Transfermarkt.co.uk.

So Liverpool have been operating with an annual net spend in the transfer market of around £30.2 million during Klopp's tenure as manager, with Guardiola's annual net spend almost four times that figure at £96.6m.

Klopp has won four major trophies during his time as Liverpool manager, including the 2019 Champions League and Guardiola has used his financial advantage to bring eight trophies to Man City, including three Premier League titles.

"While Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has to balance the books in the transfer market, Guardiola can just spend, spend and spend until he gets it right," says former Liverpool striker and Sunday World columnist, John Aldridge. "It is the dream position for any manager, but only Guardiola finds himself working with an open cheque book.

"We have seen City making so many mistakes in the transfer market in recent years, but it's not a problem for Guardiola as gets another £200million from the club’s sugar daddy owners from Abu Dhabi to try again.

"Remember when City bought keeper Claudio Bravo and he was not up to the job? Well, it wasn’t a problem because they went and bought Ederson to replace him.

"They had problems with their defence after Vincent Kompany’s retirement, so Guardiola was handed a few hundred million to sort it out by signing world class performer.

"Then last summer they spent £100million to buy Jack Grealish and were willing to pay another £100million to get Harry Kane out of Tottenham.

Guardiola spent £100m on Jack Grealish alone

Guardiola spent £100m on Jack Grealish alone

"This is money no other club in England can find and the end result is City are going to run away with the Premier League title year after year.

"Liverpool would have won another two or three titles if everyone was playing to the same rules, but you look at Klopp’s net spend since he arrived at Anfield and compare it to Guardiola’s spending at City and the gap is enormous.

"Guardiola went through the €1billion mark for spending at City when they completed the Grealish deal last summer. Compare that to Klopp and his net spend over the last five years is around €30million-a-year, which is what City would pay for their third choice left back!

"With that in mind, you have to say Liverpool produced a miracle by winning the Premier League a couple of years back, but I just don’t see any way back for Klopp and his team in this season’s title race."


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