The Top 10 Highest Wage Bills In World Football Have Been Revealed
Liverpool's wage bill for 2018/19 season put them behind only Barcelona, Manchester United, Manchester City and Real Madrid, though their success was better than those sides.
Jurgen Klopp has built and incredible team at Anfield, that will go on to win the league by a big margin despite recent slip ups, but it hasn't been cheap for the Reds.
According to Companies House, via Times' journalist Martyn Ziegler, Liverpool's wage bill rose 17.5% from 2017/18 to £310 million for the 2018/19 season.
1. Barcelona - £438 million
2. Manchester United - £332 million
3. Manchester City - £315 million
4. Real Madrid - £312 million
5. Liverpool - £310 million
6. Bayern Munich - £292 million
7. Paris Saint-Germain - £290 million
8. Chelsea - £285 million
9. Juventus - £281 million
10. Arsenal - £230 million
Liverpool's accounts at Companies House show wage bill rose 17.5% last season - now in top 5 in the world only just behind Real Madrid. #LFC pic.twitter.com/7Pyh5ITkyn
- Martyn Ziegler (@martynziegler) March 6, 2020
From January 2018 Klopp's side added to his squad with some excellent quality with Virgil van Dijk joining from Liverpool, Alisson moving to Liverpool from Roma, Fabinho coming in from Monaco, Naby Keita joining from RB Leipzig, after agreeing his move the year before, and Xherdan Shaqiri coming in from Stoke City.
The additions to the squad certainly helped as Liverpool went from Champions League runners up and finishing 25 points behind Premier League champions Manchester City to winning in Europe and finishing just one point behind City.
Whilst they haven't added much since then the evolution of the team has seen them improve again, to be 22 points clear of Pep Guardiola's side.
Barcelona, Manchester United and Real Madrid will certainly be feeling pretty bad about their success on the pitch considering how much money they've spent.
Lionel Messi and co may have won La Liga last season but the lack of European success, followed by this season's issues, suggests money wasn't well spent.
Their rivals Real fared even worse by not winning a single trophy and being knocked out of the Champions League at the last 16 stage by Ajax.
And Untied certainly didn't get any bang from their buck, finishing outside the top four and having to replace Jose Mourinho part way through the season.
Arsenal fans will also be pulling their hair out seeing their side inside the top 10 as they've barely been in the top 10 best sides in the Premier League at times this season.
Which team are getting the best out of their money?