Jurgen Klopp defends Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) over £60m investment into stadium improvement
FSG have been under the scanner for some time as Liverpool have failed to spend as lavishly as some of its Premier League rivals. The last transfer window was also relatively quiet for the Reds as Ibrahima Konate was the only arrival at the club.
The Merseyside team focused on getting their core group of players like Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Alisson Becker, Fabinho, and Andy Robertson to sign long-term contracts with the club.
The owners, on most occasions, have avoided spending huge sums of money on quick fixes. They have made shrewd investments throughout the years.
Liverpool supporters have criticised them for their limited spending in recent times, but Klopp has gone on to defend them by saying
“From time to time our owners get some criticism for this or that, but we should really not forget that they gave us more space already and now another 7,000. That is great news for the club for the future. Giving 7,000 more people the opportunity to watch this wonderful team playing football is great and it will look good as well, how we saw with the last stand we built. It’s good, it’s really good, very exciting.”
Other notable investments by FSG
The current owners have helped stabilise and nurture the club in the right direction to some degree with their emphasis on bringing the youth up the ranks
FSG have invested in creating a state-of-the-art training facility in Kirkby. The AXA training centre was built at a cost of £50m and has bridged the gap between the academy and first-team significantly.
The sports group have also spent £110m on The Main Stand. It was officially integrated close to 5 years ago. All of these investments are set to increase the financial stability of the club for the future. This takes their total investments into the restructuring of the stadium to £220m.
The training complex has also helped Liverpool develop younger players from within the club environment. We could see the impact as three teenagers made their senior debut in the Carabao Cup against Norwich this season.
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The youngsters can use these domestic competitions as a launching pad for the future. All of these things would be highly unlikely without the kind of investments that were made by FSG and Klopp believes that they have done a great job at the club.