Liverpool beat Manchester City's world record
As a Liverpool fan during the FSG era, we are used to being cut short of transfer budget, going for cheap young players with potential, and always missing out on the big names. It has been quite the turnaround in recent times under the management of Jürgen Klopp.
For so long have Fenway Sports Group, the owners of Liverpool Football Club, been criticised for their lack of transfer activity, but during Klopp's reign, this has definitely changed.
For two transfer windows in a row, Liverpool have broken their transfer record. They did it with Mohamed Salah in 2017 June and Virgil Van Dijk in 2018 January (announced 2017 December).
The £75 million fee for Virgil Van Dijk is not only a club record fee for Liverpool, but it is also a world record transfer fee for a defender. The previous holder of the record was Manchester City's Benjamin Mendy, signed in the summer of 2017 for £52 million.
This signing was a statement of intent from FSG, a statement that they are serious about bringing trophies to Liverpool. He will be very important in upgrading the squad, as Liverpool were in need of a top class center back.
Manchester City had been rumoured to be the favourites to sign Van Dijk, as they have much more money, both for the transfer fee and for their contract offer. But for Liverpool to beat them to a player shows a step forward for the club's transfer committee. FSG have made it clear that they are willing to compete with the financial giants of football to secure top-quality players.
During the summer, Liverpool brought in three first-team players in Mohamed Salah (£37.8 million), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (£34.2 million), and Andrew Robertson (£8.10 million).
They also secured the future signing of Naby Keïta (£67.5 million), who will arrive at Anfield in July 2018, and now, they've announced Virgil Van Dijk (£75 million). With these players coming in and all this money being spent, FSG have finally proved they fully back Klopp and are just as ambitious to win trophies.