The silver lining to transfer speculation around a club’s players is that it tends to be a testament to the fruit of their talent and hard work. From Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho to Javier Mascherano and Xabi Alonso—the litany of ex-Reds who arrived on Merseyside with low profiles before exiting to glitzier climes tells prospective recruits at least one thing about playing at Liverpool: you will improve while you’re here.
Case in point is the recent update released by the CIES Football Observatory revealing the players currently in the top five European leagues who’s transfer values have increased the most in the past six months, a list Liverpool players dominate with six entries, while Manchester City come the closest with five representatives.
Topping the chart, of course, is the revelation known as Mohamed Salah. According to the CIES, the Egyptian, less than a season on from £36.9m move to Liverpool from Roma, and currently leading the Premier League with 24 goals, has seen his value jump from a rated £78.3m only a few months ago to a whopping £144.3m. The predictable speculation from the traditional culprits out of Spain is proof that the 25-year-old is truly at the top of his game.
After Salah, the next Red on the list is surprisingly young Joe Gomez (€9m to €57.3m) at #6 on the list, with the center back by trade benefiting from strong showings this season at right back. Further down the list is fellow right back Trent Alexander-Arnold (€6.3m to €36.7m) 20th on the list followed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (€47.5m to €75.6m) in 26th, bargain Andrew Robertson (€18.2m to €38.7m) in 42nd and promising talent Dominic Solanke (€7.9m to €27.1m) rounding things out in 45th place.
What should excite Reds fans is the combination of astute recruiting and Jürgen Klopp’s impressive man management skills that has seen Liverpool continue to stretch from their position as the league’s 5th richest squad, into hot contention for a top four place in the table for the second year running alongside some of the most expensively-assembled squads in history in the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United.
If the club can continue to hold onto their best players for manageable periods, then the draw of playing for Klopp along with the effects of this clear value add of playing at Liverpool will continue to attract the best and brightest talent available.