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Increase of £575.8m means Liverpool rank world’s most valuable in two areas

CIES Football Observatory has published a list of the 100 most valuable players in the world, with Liverpool shining.

Kylian Mbappe sits on top of the list, valued at £244.5m – no surprise there. Second, though, is Mohamed Salah, who CIES value at £195.6m.

That’s a huge increase on the £37.4m the Reds initially paid AS Roma in 2017. That’s not the only example of Liverpool’s brilliant transfer business, however.

The Reds have three players inside the top 10 – the only club to do so – as both Sadio Mane (£140.6m) and Roberto Firmino (£128.4m) make it.

And so Liverpool have the most valuable attack in the world, reportedly worth £464.6m. Given that Mane arrived for £34m and Firmino for £29m, the Reds have seen an increase of value worth £364.2m.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 27: Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool celebrates victory with Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool and Andy Robertson of Liverpool after the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Watford FC at Anfield on February 27, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

There’s one other area that Liverpool shine. Not only is Trent Alexander-Arnold ranked as the most valuable defender in the world (£116m), the Reds have the next two, as well.

Virgil van Dijk sits 22nd in the list as the next highest defender, valued at £99.9m. You then have to drop 10 places to find no.3: Andy Robertson at £78.7m.

The defensive trio cost far less, of course. Van Dijk cost £75m, Robertson an initial £8m, and Alexander-Arnold came through the academy.

The £83m that Liverpool spent is now worth £294.6m – a rise of £211.6m. That’s an incredible rise in value, highlighting the incredible progress of Liverpool’s defence.

Combined, Liverpool’s defence and attack have shot up in value by £575.8m.

At the end of the day, that’s down to the scouting and development of the players. Liverpool’s starting XI is now fantastically valuable – not solely through spending, but the work of the club as a whole.

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