The past few days have brought into stark focus just how wasteful and inefficient certain Premier League clubs have become. And that only helps highlight how effectively Liverpool are operating in 2020.
With the announcement of the 25-man top-flight squads, it’s been confirmed millions of pounds will be spent on wages for players that are unlikely to kick a ball this season.
The likes of Danny Rose, Mesut Ozil, and Sergio Romero are set to see out the final year of their contracts at Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United respectively without playing any role on the pitch, The wastefulness isn’t even solely the reserve of sides at the top of the tree, either, with newly-promoted Fulham omitting their 2018 marquee signing Jean Michaël Seri.
This is not even exclusively a Premier League problem, with Real Madrid and Barcelona having their own issues this summer.
Gareth Bale’s wages, age, and history of fitness issues priced him out of a permanent move, meaning Los Blancos had to accept loaning him back to Tottenham. It is increasingly likely they will receive no major financial return for their one-time record signing.
Barcelona, meanwhile, were forced to accept paltry sums for first-team stars Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suarez, and Arturo Vidal (reportedly less than €2m combined), just to get them off their bloated wage bill. The three players originally arrived for well over €100 million collectively.