Liverpool’s New Signings, Their Salaries and What That Could Buy You
Ahead of the 2019-20 season, Jurgen Klopp added to his squad with several players as he looks to mount another challenge for the Premier League title after falling short by only one point during the last campaign. While many supporters expected several big-money signings, the German manager was always adamant that he was happy with the core of his squad and instead opted to sign two talented youngsters and an experienced, back-up goalkeeper.
After Simon Mignolet’s transfer to Club Brugge for an initial £6.5 million, the Reds brought in former West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian on a free transfer, along with Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliott from PEC Zwolle and Fulham respectively. Following these summer additions, we’re going to take a look at each of the signings and their salaries, while also considering what else could be purchased with the money.
The New Signings
Liverpool’s first signing of the summer transfer window was the 17-year-old defender, Sepp van den Berg, from PEC Zwolle for a fee which could rise to £4.4 million depending on various clauses being met. The talented central defender, who was also a target for Ajax, Bayern Munich and PSV Eindhoven, made 15 appearances for Zwolle last season and could potentially find himself starting several games during the upcoming campaign with Klopp always looking to give youngsters an opportunity.
Just over one month after the signing of the young Dutch defender, the reigning European champions announced the arrival of Harvey Elliott from Fulham after the 16-year-old Englishman’s youth contract expired with Scott Parker’s side. Due to the nature of the deal, Fulham are hoping that Liverpool will be ordered to pay a record tribunal fee of more than £10 million when the matter is concluded. Much like Sepp van den Berg, Elliott will be hoping to make an impact this season after impressing during pre-season.
As mentioned earlier, Klopp’s final act of the window was to bring in Adrian on a free transfer when Simon Mignolet departed the club to return to Belgium leaving Liverpool with just one senior goalkeeper. The 32-year-old Spaniard was signed to provide competition to Alisson Becker and most likely feature, like the two youngsters, in cup competitions, but since Alisson's injury Adrian has been thrown in at the deep end and performed admirably.
Their Salaries and What Else You Could Buy with the Money
After arriving at Liverpool, it is widely considered that each of the new players will have received an increase in their pay. While it is unclear as to the exact amount that both Harvey Elliott and Sepp van den Berg are earning due to their age and likely inclusion within the youth setup, reports do however suggest that Adrian is earning £40,000 and also landed himself a lucrative seven-figure signing bonus after deciding to stay in England instead of returning to his native Spain.
With Adrian reportedly earning £160,000 per month, which equates to £1.92 million each year, there are plenty of things that could be purchased with the Spaniard’s wage. According to Lottoland’s piece on lottery winners who purchased football clubs, the former West Ham shot stopper’s total yearly salary totals more than the amount which Les Scadding invested in Newport County following his time as chairman between 2012 and 2015. Moreover, in less than two years, Adrian’s wages would also have surpassed the total that Paul and Thea Bristow, who are considered the most generous lottery winners, invested in their beloved Torquay United following their consortium takeover in 2007.
Looking for a Return on Their Investment
Liverpool will be looking for a return on their investments in the coming years after completing their signings of Adrian, Harvey Elliott and Sepp van den Berg. Although Adrian is reaching the end of his career, the goalkeeper can still have an immediate impact, while Elliott and Van den Berg both have the potential to become regulars in the side in the coming years.
Written by Alan Spencer
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