Doomsday Liverpool form gives FSG the excuse they crave

Liverpool, Andrew Robertson (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Liverpool, Andrew Robertson (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) /

The doomsday form that Liverpool are currently in the middle of gives owners Fenway Sports Group the excuse they crave.

Despite all the success that fans of the club have experienced under FSG stewardship, there still exists tension between the two.

Traditional powerhouses of football have always strengthened their teams after great success. Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United are our enemies but there’s something to be learned from their strategy of renewal, replacement and repeated triumph.

Liverpool are in a doomsday cycle

Manchester City, too, has copied this blueprint and continued to spend money in the transfer window, bringing in Nathan Ake, Ferran Torress and Ruben Dias this summer.

FSG are different and say they will always be different. They can’t finance the sort of transfer outlay that City can, which is part of their plan.

When Liverpool won the Premier League and then the Champions League, there wasn’t the sort of transfer spend that Sir Alex would have expected, or City would have delivered. FSG wanted to go for subtle tweaks of the team, but that’s exposed this side in the most horrific fashion this campaign.

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Missing out on Champions League qualification wouldn’t be in the Boston group’s five-year plan, but doing so would give them an excuse to begin to remodel the team with younger players who can be sold for a huge profit in the next three years.

Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah are all incredibly valuable players – Salah the most out of the trio.- but all are nearing 30. It’s unlikely that they’ll want to stick around next season without any Champions League football, and the sharks will be circling in the likely event that happens.

That will give FSG an easy way out. They’ll be able to sanction the sale of one, two or even all three of those men, bank a massive transfer intake during a season that will decimate finances even more, and begin to build the next squad.

Jurgen Klopp is under contract for another three years, which is about how long it’ll take for a Liverpool V2.0 to turn from talented youngsters into elite footballers.

If the Reds land in the top four at the end of the season, it will be harder for FSG to move on our star players. This doomsday form might just be the thing they need after all.