Liverpool’s £369.1m investment now worth £1.1bn thanks to shrewd Edwards operating – opinion

It goes without saying that Liverpool are currently operating at gargantuan levels in the transfer market.

With Sporting Director Michael Edwards at the helm, the transfer guru has helped garner £19m and £20m fees for the likes of Dominic Solanke and Danny Ings, making a combined £39m on players that were signed for mere compensation fees and had no use to the first-team anymore.

However, enough about players who had no use to Jurgen Klopp, and let’s take a look at the ones who do and their current astronomical valuations.

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According to the CIES Football Observatory‘s recent standings regarding the 100 most valuable footballers in the world, 11 Liverpool players find their way onto the chart in what is an excellent visual representation of just how well the Reds have identified talent in recent years.

Mohamed Salah is second on the list behind Kylian Mbappe and is valued at €219.6m (£195.3m), whilst Sadio Mane is closest to him at sixth and is valued at €157.8m (£140.3m) .

Behind those two, Roberto Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Alisson Becker, Andrew Robertson, Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum, Naby Keita and Joe Gomez follow in that order – all of their valuations are as follows:

Salah: €219.6m (£195.3m)

Mane: €157.8m (£140.3m)

Firmino: €144.2m (£128.2m)

Alexander-Arnold: €130.2m (£115.8m)

Van Dijk: €112.1m (£99.7m)

Alisson: €107.5m (£95.6m)

Robertson: €88.3m (£78.5m)

Fabinho: €86.2m (£76.6m)

Wijnaldum: €75.8m (£67.4m)

Keita: €68.9m (£61.3m)

Gomez: €67.8m (£60.3m)

Total: €1.3bn (£1.1bn)

Astonishingly, almost all of Klopp’s most picked players find themselves on the list, apart from Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Joel Matip – Alexander-Arnold is the most expensive defender on the list at £115.8m.

Now, if we were to compare the total valuations of all of the aforementioned players to the prices that they were signed for, it makes pretty good reading for Liverpool supporters and Edwards.

Salah: £34m

Mane: £34m

Firmino: £29m

Alexander-Arnold: Free

Van Dijk: £75m

Alisson: £66.8m

Robertson: £10m

Fabinho: £39m

Wijnaldum: £25m

Keita: £52.75m

Gomez: £3.5m

Total: £369.1m

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Take that figure away from the aforementioned £1.1bn and Liverpool’s 11 players who made the Football Observatory’s top 100 list would see the Reds make a profit of £731m if they sold all of them right now.

If anything goes to show just how well the Champions League winners have invested in recent years, it is this eye-opening revelation.

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