Liverpool Balls: Brian Reade’s Bad Maths Makes Andy Carroll Look Good
LIVERPOOL FC fan Brian Reade looks away from the hellholes of South London to talk about his team. He writes in the Mirror:
Bonus Brian Reade: Liverpool the ones laughing now over much-mocked January 2011 transfer window
Are they laughing now? Why? Liverpool are the club who spent £35m on Andy Carroll.
Ask anyone what the most laughable performance in the January window was and the answer will be Liverpool’s £35million splurge on Andy Carroll three years ago. And, in isolation, they’d be right. But if you analyse all of the Anfield club’s transfer business that month, it’s becoming one of the most profitable windows ever.
They got £50m for Fernando Torres, £6m for Ryan Babel and spent £57.5m on Carroll and Luis Suarez, leaving them down £1.5m.
Since, they’ve recouped £15m for Carroll and, if Suarez leaves this summer, a minimum of £70m must be paid – meaning the most disastrous window would end up showing a profit of at least £83.5m.
That would be Torrestwho cost Liverpool around £20m from Atlético Madrid , in a deal that reportedly took into consideration Luis Javier García Sanz’s move from Liverpool to Atlético. García cost Liverpool £6m.
And Babel. He cost Liverpool just shy of £12m.
Overlook Suarez – who has not been sold (and his huge wages) – and Liverpool are down another £38m. Include Suarez at Reade’s fee and Liverpool are in profit to the tune of £45.5m. Which they can use to buy a top-class striker… Now. What’s the going rate for one of those.
PS – wages not included.