Closing The Books On Benitez


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FC LIVERPOOL made a pile of dough with the sale of Spain World Cup midfielder XABI ALONSO to Spanish La Liga powerhouse Real Madrid in the summer of 2009. A tidy profit of 19.5 million English pounds, to be precise. Outside of a few notable exceptions, however, the transfer policy of the long-since-departed RAFAEL BENITEZ yielded little results with the final three years of the Spanish manager’s stewardship standout out, in particular, for all the wrong reasons.

Over the six-year period Benitez was behind the purse strings, Liverpool shelled out the kind of money most football clubs can only dream of. The not-so-austere amount of 228.6 million English pounds, for anyone keeping track. And yet, at this point in time, the Reds first team is still worth just 99.05 million English pounds in terms of transfer fees paid out for the current staff.

The profit and loss from the departed Spanish manager’s last three recruiting classes is rather poor. Benitez brought in 19 players and exactly seven are still on the Reds first team squad. By the blog’s calculations, the former Liverpool leader has lost almost 36.0 million English pounds on the transfer market with the other twelve of his transactions in that time frame.

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FC LIVERPOOL
profit and loss
players bought between 2007-2009
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NET GAINS
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+ 4.00 m EP — Javier MASCHERANO (bought 18.0, sold 22.0)
+ 1.15 m EP — Sebastian LETO (bought 1.85, sold 3.0)
+ 0.50 m EP — Yossi BENAYOUN (bought 5.0, sold 5.5)
+ 0.11 m EP — Alvaro ARBELOA (bought 3.0, sold 3.11)

+ 5.76 million English pounds

NET LOSSES
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– 7.00 m EP — Roy KEANE (bought 19.0, sold 12.0)
– 6.70 m EP — Jermaine PENNANT (bought 6.7, left on free transfer)
– 6.33 m EP — Alberto AQUILANI (bought 20.0, sold 13.66)
– 5.70 m EP — Ryan BABEL (bought 11.5, sold 5.8)
– 4.70 m EP — Albert RIERA (bought 8.0, sold 3.3)
– 3.70 m EP — Andrea DOSSENA (bought 7.0, sold 3.3)
– 1.80 m EP — DIEGO Cavalieri (bought 3.0, sold 1.2)

– 35.93 million English pounds

NOTES
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(a) Italy international midfielder ALBERTO AQUILANI is on loan to FC Juventus for the 2010-11; the Turin club have the option to make the move permanent for the fee listed above at the end of the term.

(b) Spain international winger ALBERT RIERA was sold to Greek side FC Olympiakos Piraeus for the initial fee of 3.3 million English pounds. Terms of the agreement call for an additional payment of 1.6 million English pounds if Olympiakos capture the Greek title. At this point in time, Olympiakos are out in front by seven points over Panathinaikos Athens.

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