13 Jan 2018 05:13:10
Seems a lot of angst about our negotiating skills and what we've paid for certain players on this forum but let's just remember

- Mane and Salah look like bargains right now compared to what we paid back then
- We may have paid over the odds for Firmino at the time but again that looks like a very good call in the end given what he brings to the team
- VVD was definitely expensive, but frankly would have been at least 50-60 anyway based on stones, and we mucked him and Southampton around so paying over the odds to fix it and get in a top CB which we desperately needed makes some sense to Liverpool in particular
- Keita maybe expensive too but again we have yet to see if it makes sense depending on what he brings to the team, we certainly could do with an injection in midfield with Hendo injured, Can likely to leave, Coutinho gone and Gini and Milner not troubling the goal scorers

Overall I'm glad for once the club is prioritizing top players we need to strengthen the side and paying what it takes to bring them in.

We should leave the finances to others and not compare what we pay for individual players, just what it's costing us to improve the overall team, and you can argue we're doing a much better job overall vs Man Utd, Chelsea, Everton and a host of others. name by name comparisons are irrelevant as we showed when targeting 'better value' post Suarez, but bringing in a host of players that took us nowhere.

1.) 13 Jan 2018
13 Jan 2018 05:27:50
If you go back over 10 years ago when city owners first came in, they bought big paid more than other teams would, paid massive contracts to secure players, even though they were not successful, knowing this was the only way to get these players to come. Plus haven't we not been criticising Lfc for years on not signing top players because we wouldn't overspend to get them, I'm not saying I agree with how much Lfc are prepared to pay now but let's enjoy us seeing to try signing top players instead of the usual "potential "players we have been signing for years. Question for the eds, do you think this type of spending is for a bigger purpose years down the line, ie; euro super league, so signing etc players becomes easier when it will eventually happen.

{Ed001's Note - nope.}

2.) 13 Jan 2018
13 Jan 2018 08:41:01
To be brutally honest, over all the years I been reading this site I have decided football club owners will never do right by all.
THey are accused of not spending enough on players, then when they cough up in inflated market that is wrong too.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, not as bashing just observation. Just don’t ask the Ed’s about player values or that will be a bashing!

3.) 13 Jan 2018
13 Jan 2018 05:34:58
I agree, I’d rather we overpay for the right player than penny pinch and buy players who aren’t good enough. Who cares if we have overpaid for certain players, the club are fully aware of our finances and what we can and can’t afford. We paid more than anyone else was prepared to for Firmino, does anyone think that was a mistake now?

4.) 13 Jan 2018
13 Jan 2018 10:13:24
Overpaying for players we want is in no shape way or form a good thing. Not all players we will sign will be hits, or Anfield legends. Overpaying by 30 million € for Keita and 20 million € for Van Dijk could literally get you another excellent player for 50 million €. So no matter how they play we still massively overpaid for VVD and Keita no matter how you spin it. Hopefully they both do a great job so their price never is mentioned etc.

5.) 13 Jan 2018
13 Jan 2018 10:42:33
Your missing the point legendary, they wouldn't be playing for us if we hadn't overpaid.

6.) 13 Jan 2018
13 Jan 2018 11:03:53
I didn't miss the point, but mine is that they are not the only 2 players in the world, there are tons of excellent players around. And they could still play for us if we didn't piss off their clubs and had to overpay to get the players to sign if we went about the transfers in the right way. We paid 15-20 million euros too much on VVD because of the tapping up situation remember? I just want us to be better at scouting alternatives and negotiations because we can't go on overspending on every player Klopp wants from now on.