Liverpool’s near-£200m FFP wiggle room gap over Man City will astonish fans as Reds free to spend big if they need to

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Research by Kieran Maguire, a lecturer in football finance at University of Liverpool, has found that Liverpool may be allowed to have a net spend of over £270m before they run the risk of any financial fair play punishment from FIFA.

The analysis, produced for the Daily Mail (as noted in a tweet from @pokeefe1 below), sees Tottenham lead the way with £400m ‘FFP wiggle room’ followed by the Reds (£273m) and Manchester United (£243m).

Much has been made in recent years of Liverpool’s tendency to adopt an ‘earn before we spend’ transfer policy with the sales of both Luis Suarez and Phillippe Coutinho resulting in funds being available to purchase players like Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker.

Although Fenway Sports Group, the current owners of the Anfield side, have done a lot of good since they arrived in 2010, they are constantly criticised by fans for their stringent transfer policy and unwillingness to provide Jurgen Klopp with serious funds like all other major European clubs.

The findings will come as good news for Kopites when you consider that Mo Salah and Sadio Mane are unavailable throughout January as a result of their participation in the African Cup of Nations, meaning that some much needed attacking reinforcements are required if Klopp’s men are to continue their push for another Premier League title.

Just because we can afford to spend doesn’t necessarily mean that we will, though, with us only tending to bring players on board that suit our style of play and genuinely improve us as a team.

With our sporting director, Michael Edwards, leaving us in the summer, his predecessor Julian Ward will be tasked with the job of spending wisely to ensure we remain one of Europe’s strongest sides.

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  1. Well you need some boost.

    Klopp. 6 Years. 1 domestic trophy
    Guardiola. 5 Years. 8 domestic trophies.

    Which works out as a ratio of


    Rounded up = 1:10

    Not much Kop eh?

  2. There has always been room to spend, it’s the will to spend that s missing. City have driven up commercial income, developed players through the investment in their academy and astute signings through their group organisation. They then invest it back into the club. Every club in the group have benefited and almost all are in a much better place than they were . Newcastle say they will seek to copy the City strategy, FSG will continue to treat LFC as a cash cow and hope to rely on the regulators to clip the wings of any wannabe owner with funds to invest. S really but that’s life.

  3. Ridiculous and pointless revelation. FFPs a joke as we know.
    As far as wiggle room is concerned that 200 mill is FSGs 10 year transfer budget

  4. Each squad contains no more than 17 players who do not fulfil the “Home Grown Player” (HGP) criteria with that in mind how the hell can the money be spent willy Nilly on players?

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