Liverpool secured '50 per cent' transfer discount and landed Dominik Szoboszlai bargain too –

Liverpool made a combined ‘saving’ of $50m on two of its transfers in the recent summer window, according to estimates from the CIES Football Observatory.
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Liverpool ended the summer transfer window with a net spend of around $116m (£93m/€108m), the sixth-highest in the Premier League behind Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, Bournemouth and Tottenham, and the second-highest of the Jürgen Klopp era.
Only in 2018, when the Reds recruited Alisson, Fabinho, Naby Keïta and Xherdan Shaqiri, six months on from the Premier League-record sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, have they posted a higher figure ($151m/£121m/€141m).
Alexis Mac Allister was the first player through the door in June, arriving for $45m (£35m/€40m) after Liverpool triggered an exit clause in his Brighton contract.
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Similarly, Klopp's side pounced on a release clause in Dominik Szoboszlai's RB Leipzig terms to snap him up for $77m (£60m/€70m) the following month.
After the unexpected sales of Fabinho and Jordan Henderson generated a combined $65m (£52m/€61m) to top the coffers, the Reds would make two more additions in midfield, first adding Wataru Endō from Stuttgart for $21m (£16m/€19m) and then thrashing out a $43m (£34m/€40m) deal for Bayern Munich's Ryan Gravenberch on deadline day.
Now, transfer value estimates from the CIES Football Observatory can show us whether Liverpool got bang for its buck.
Of the quartet, it's Mac Allister who stands out as the biggest bargain, with the Argentine rated at $86m (£69m/€80m), virtually double what Liverpool actually paid.
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The club also made a 'saving' on Szoboszlai by virtue of his release clause, though the difference in value was much smaller at $9m.
Meanwhile, Liverpool was adjudged to have overpaid for Endō, deemed an $11m (£8.6m/€10m) asset, and Gravenberch, who comes in at $32m (£26m/€30m), but it won't mind if both players deliver on the pitch. says: Mac Allister always looked like a steal at that price, and this estimate will only intensify Liverpool's delight. Other clubs may have known about the provision in his Brighton contract that allowed him to leave for that price, but it was the Reds who put in the necessary groundwork with the appropriate speed to secure the deal.
Mac Allister arrived having started 31 games, and made 35 league appearances overall, for a Brighton side that enjoyed its best-ever season, finishing sixth to qualify for the Europa League. He won a nomination for the competition's young player of the year award and also starred at international level, providing an assist in the World Cup final as Argentina beat France.
His midfield partner Moisés Caicedo fetched a Premier League-record $143m (£115m/€134m) when he moved to Chelsea later in the window, and in normal circumstances, Mac Allister's price may not have been a million miles away, especially with Brighton clearly prepared to play hardball.
As for Szoboszlai, Liverpool will certainly feel justified in triggering his clause. He has already shown his value on the pitch — and it seems the market 'agrees' that the Reds got value for money.


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