It has been a hell of a year for Liverpool Football Club, featuring in consecutive Champions League finals — winning one — and setting a club record points total in the Premier League, falling only a single point short of their first league title in nearly three decades.
Although much credit has — rightfully — gone to obviously charismatic and sneakily astute manager Jürgen Klopp, such a year doesn’t come about without a team consisting of excellent players. And excellent players are usually worth a lot of money.
That fact is reflected in the Reds’ dominance of the CIES Football Observatory list of the 100 most valuable footballers in Europe’s top five leagues. The Merseysiders top the list with eleven players, ahead of Manchester City’s ten and Barcelona’s eight, as well as possessing the most valuable goalkeeper — Alisson, rated at €107m — and defender — Trent Alexander-Arnold, at €130m.
Mohamed Salah sits in second place overall, valued at €220m, bested only by future Ballon d’Or winner Kylian Mbappé. Former Red Philippe Coutinho and rumoured current transfer target Nicolas Pépé also feature, at €129 and €66m, respectively.
There will be quibbles, of course. The list only features players from the top five leagues, meaning burgeoning stars like Matthijs de Ligt and João Félix miss out, and the inclusion of Jordan Pickford in 75th place is dubious at best, but overall, the list does provide a relatively good job of accurately representing the current power dynamics of Europe’s top clubs.
So there’s another metric for the Reds to chase. Perhaps next season will see them graduate from sporting a full XI to an entire matchday squad, as new players come in and current squad members improve. It may be a big ask, but with the stated ambition immediately after lifting the Champions League trophy being next year’s Premier League, may not be entirely out of the question.