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    We will never compete financially with City United and Chelsea. I don't get the obsession about how much other clubs are spending. I would have thought winning the big trophies without the need to try and outspend your rivals would be classed as a success. This squad is the best we have had for many a year, so i don't feel the need to disrupt it, apart from bringing the odd few in. It's not how much you spend, it's how you spend it that counts. Most of Klopp's buys have been a success, i trust him to keep it that way, whether he breaks the bank to get a player or he doesn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skyebo View Post
    We will never compete financially with City United and Chelsea. I don't get the obsession about how much other clubs are spending. I would have thought winning the big trophies without the need to try and outspend your rivals would be classed as a success. This squad is the best we have had for many a year, so i don't feel the need to disrupt it, apart from bringing the odd few in. It's not how much you spend, it's how you spend it that counts. Most of Klopp's buys have been a success, i trust him to keep it that way, whether he breaks the bank to get a player or he doesn't.
    Thats all very reasonable Skyebo, id just say that it would be wonderful to see Klopp given the same levels of investment as in the years before he arrived.
    This would mean hed have 123 million to spend now to merely match those 5 years pre-klopp.
    Given weve posted profits over recent seasons it would also leave us ffp compliant too.

    Not looking for man city or psg spending power, just looking for the club to provide the same level of investment as they provided to Br mostly and kenny.
    Given Klopps record, top4s, european finals and most importantly titles, it would seem reasonable that he should have the same level of investment in his squad as those years prior to his arrival.
    Income and profits have risen splendidly since.

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    @ skyebo - agree with your logic. But on one point.... Why should we never be able to compete financially with United? If we give up on that - surely that would just be pure defeatist...? I would hope they are precisely the target in our sights.

    @CC - Look at you eh - coming in here and making all that sense - it really isn’t cool.

    Totally agree with you BTW

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steveo View Post
    @ skyebo - agree with your logic. But on one point.... Why should we never be able to compete financially with United? If we give up on that - surely that would just be pure defeatist...? I would hope they are precisely the target in our sights.

    @CC - Look at you eh - coming in here and making all that sense - it really isn’t cool.

    Totally agree with you BTW
    Because they are much richer than we are, and always have been, even before the premier league was formed and sky pumped in all the money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skyebo View Post
    Because they are much richer than we are, and always have been, even before the premier league was formed and sky pumped in all the money.
    Not sure they were much richer than us prior to Sky and the Division one/Premier League rebrand but I may well be wrong.

    Either way we must be able to catch them on that front as they did us with titles.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steveo View Post
    Not sure they were much richer than us prior to Sky and the Division one/Premier League rebrand but I may well be wrong.

    Either way we must be able to catch them on that front as they did us with titles.?
    Their getting CL football is a spanner in the works for that goal of ours. The last reviews by deloitte iirc had us and/or city potentially overtaking them in the next few seasons, CL football and unknown at that time for them.
    Later stages or lifting the CL is pivotal for us in overtaking them in terms of income.

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    What I find a little annoying is that there is plenty of room for improvement to evolve what we already do and I feel we should be working relentlessly as ever at that, rather than alter our style of play

    One of our greatest strengths is our press, there are several players who can get an awful lot better at it and that needs to be worked on

    I said last season I expected more goals from our full backs and that was a key area in which we could improve offensively, it did happen to a large degree albeit without the end product from our full backs, Robbo in particular on too many occassions, something which with practice and hard work will obviously improve.

    We can work on Robbo and Trent making those runs between the opposition full back and CB when Mane, Mo, Bobby or one of our midfielders get the ball wide stretching the opposition defence and finding their runs in those positions and they both need to work on their end product, we did this really well down our left last season with Robbo being released this way several times, but his finishing, final ball and decision making isn't yet where it needs to be, in truth he could and should have scored or assisted in excess of 10 goals from those positions.

    The other most urgent and obvious thing we can work on to improve hugely on what we do already is the switch balls, centre to left or right, right to left and left to right and balls over the top. Given how we play there is an incredible dearth of players in our squad with the ability to play these balls with the required level of quality. It is NOT a difficult technique to play these types of ball and as it is a technique issue then there is no legitimate reason with hard work and the continually striving for improvement and evolution from all our lads we shouldn't see a quantum leap of improvement in all our players ability to play these balls

    If we can do just those things, we will be a far more devastating and dangerous team than we already are
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