Mike Gordon has been long rumoured to be a very important figure in the decision-making process at Liverpool. The president of Fenway Sports Group is a quieter figure compared to John W Henry and Tom Werner, but when he speaks on any issue related to the club, it's certainly worth listening to.
After the new Main Stand was officially unveiled on Friday, Gordon addressed whether the projected £25 million yearly boost will change the way Liverpool operate in the transfer market. Even though the transfer window has closed, whatever moves Liverpool make to increase revenues will raise questions about investment in the squad.
“I don’t know if I’d say it’s a game changer. It’s a very large step forward and it will help," Gordon said on the extra income from the new Main Stand. “Whether it will mean that we’re going to spend along the lines of Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea or Arsenal, I worry more about getting the most out of the money that we spend rather than competing in the transfer market on a pound for pound basis.
“Wins and losses are made here (points to the pitch), not in the transfer market. I’m really happy with the team that we have, the one that we’ve built over the last several years. We’ve spent a fair amount of money, and I think we’re going to see that on display this season and in the seasons to come.”
Liverpool's big signings over the last three transfer windows and current wage budget underline a commitment to competing in the Premier League. With each electric performance, Sadio Mané looks to be the player who can bring a different dimension to Liverpool's attack. Loris Karius and Joël Matip were shrewd first-team signings from the Bundesliga, but of course, Liverpool can still improve in a couple of key positions.
The bigger problem for Liverpool in recent years has been selecting the right players in the market rather than spending more money. Jürgen Klopp's footballing philosophy is clear, which should make formulating transfer strategy easier for those involved in procuring talent to understand the types of players that can succeed under Klopp at a club of Liverpool's stature.