Jürgen Klopp opens up £700m Liverpool gap on Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola
Jürgen Klopp and Michael Edwards have effectively made Liverpool over £500million via their transfer activity, according to a study analysing Premier League squad values across the last 10 years.
The European Football Index, a study conducted by BetVictor, has found that Klopp has improved Liverpool’s value by £667million since taking charge, at a cost of just £114.2million to FSG.
That is the largest figure of any Premier League manager, with Klopp also one of only eight managers to have his finances in the black, based upon squad value and transfer fees.
Burnley’s Sean Dyche is second on the list, having improved his squad’s value by £117.4 million based upon transfer fees received for players sold and spent on arrivals, costing Burnley just £28 million in the process.
Meanwhile, the study found Nuno Espirito Santo has effectively spent £164.2 million to improve his Wolves side’s value by £241.6million, an effective profit of £77.4 million.
Klopp and Edwards have brought the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to Anfield for prices that have proven to be great value, while Trent Alexander-Arnold came though the Academy to become one of the best full-backs in the world.
Based upon transfer spend alone, only four managers have managed to improve their squad’s value since taking charge, with Klopp spending £479.6 million and taking the Reds' squad’s value from £312.4million to £978.9million today, an effective profit of £187 million.
Liverpool boss Klopp is joined on that list by Scott Parker, who has boosted Fulham's worth by an extra £50.6 million on top of net spend, with Chris Wilder at £15.2million and Dyche at £662,000.
At the other end of the spectrum, the study discovered that Man City boss Pep Guardiola has effectively spent £549 million to improve the value of his squad by £351 million, a loss of £197.7 million.
But it is Jose Mourinho’s spell at Spurs that is proving most costly for his club.
Mourinho’s squad this season has dropped £127.3million in value compared to the beginning of last, despite him spending £130.5million. Considering transfers out, the club are effectively £229million down on their investment.
Mikel Arteta, who has been in charge of Arsenal since last December, has effectively lost the Gunners £138.7million, according to the study, when taking into account his starting squad value, the current value and his transfer activity.
"The Chosen One" and Steve Bruce complete the bottom five, both having cost West Ham and Newcastle United respectively over £100million each, with Brighton boss Graham Potter not far behind on just under £95 million.