Proof Liverpool are the new Tottenham? Why Jamie Carragher is right about the Reds

first_img Tottenham: Net PROFIT last five seasons – £36.7m – This is where the clubs substantially differ. Amazingly, Tottenham are the only Premier League club in the last five seasons to have made a profit on transfers. Daniel Levy’s shrewd business acumen has seen the likes of Bale and Luka Modric (above) sold to Real Madrid for big bucks, while emphasis has been placed on harnessing the development of the club’s youth system. The club’s finances are in good shape and will see the development of a new 60,000-seater stadium ready for the 2018/19 season. Tottenham: Average Premier League finish in last five years – 5 – Tottenham have been extremely consistent in the last five years. While the more optimistic sections of their fan base may yearn for regular top-four finishes, given their financial power they’ve done well to drop no lower than sixth. They even managed a Gareth Bale-inspired fourth place finish in 2012, but were cruelly denied Champions League football after Chelsea won the competition and stole their spot. Liverpool: Spent over £100m after selling Luis Suarez in 2014 – Brendan Rodgers, analysing Spurs’ £100m spending spree, intimated that a splurge of that magnitude should see the club challenging for the league. So when Liverpool used the £75m they recouped from Barcelona for Luis Suarez in July 2014, you’d think the Reds would have consolidated on the brilliance of the previous season? Wrong. They made exactly the same mistake, recruiting expensive mistakes like Dejan Lovren, Mario Balotelli (above) and Lazar Markovic, with the latter two subsequently shipped out on loan a year later after uninspiring campaigns. Similarly, only one signing from that summer has probably proved his worth – Emre Can. 8 Liverpool: Average Premier League finish in last five years – 6 – While Liverpool came agonisingly close to a first ever Premier League title in 2013/14, that is their only top five finish in the last five years. There is an argument that their futile title challenge was a complete anomaly given their previous three finishes were sixth, eighth and seventh under FSG’s ownership. Another disappointing sixth place last term made Brendan Rodgers’ departure inevitable. On the five-year anniversary of Fenway Sports Group’s (FSG) takeover of Liverpool, much has been made of the progress the club has made since the American owners assumed control.Brendan Rodgers was seen as the pin up boy to their model image of what Liverpool should represent, but the Northern Irishman was dismissed two weeks ago after an underwhelming 18 months.Interestingly, new Reds boss Jurgen Klopp’s first game in charge is against Tottenham on Saturday lunchtime – a side who the Merseysiders are regularly compared to in their respective bids to gatecrash the top four.Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher offered a damning assessment of his former club’s treatment of Rodgers, suggesting they were ‘becoming Tottenham’.He told Sky Sports: “Liverpool are becoming Tottenham, think they’re a big club but the real big clubs are not too worried about them – who they buy, what they’re going to do – that’s the situation as it’s become for Liverpool, even when I was there at the end.”With Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal financially in a different league financially, Liverpool and Tottenham have been left to play catch up in their pursuit of Champions League football.But just how similar have the two clubs been in the last five years?Click on the yellow arrow, above, right to see our analysis… Tottenham: Trophy record in last five years – One League Cup final – Spurs’ performances in cup competitions in the last few seasons have left little to be desired. Until March’s 2-0 League Cup final defeat to Chelsea they had gone without a major final appearance since 2009. Despite finishing fourth in 2011/12, they haven’t qualified for Champions League football in that period either. 8 8 8center_img Tottenham: Spent over £100m after selling Gareth Bale in 2013 – Roberto Soldado struggled at Spurs Liverpool: Net SPEND last five seasons: £162.6m – In stark contrast, Liverpool have comparatively spent big in the last five years. The January transfer window in 2011 proved to be FSG’s first big statement of intent, overseeing the eye-watering captures of £22m Luis Suarez and £35m Andy Carroll. Other hefty fees parted with in the same period include £25m on Adam Lallana, £29m on Roberto Firmino and £32.5m on Christian Benteke. 8 Liverpool: Trophy record in last five years – One League Cup win and one FA Cup final – Liverpool’s record in cup competitions doesn’t read much better. Under Kenny Dalglish in 2011/12 the Reds were abject in the league put proved a force to be reckoned with in the domestic cups, winning the League Cup and losing the FA Cup final to Chelsea. They returned to the Champions League for the first time since 2009/10 last season, only to see their challenge end rather prematurely in the group stages. 8 8 getty images 8last_img

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