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Jurgen Klopp vs Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – Which manager has spent more money on player transfers?

The Manchester United boss went on a spending spree this summer…

When Jurgen Klopp joined Liverpool in 2015, the Reds were struggling to maintain their status as an elite Premier League with no considerable amount of success since winning the Champions League in 2015.

Under Brendan Rodgers’ tutelage, Liverpool had come close to winning the league title in the 2013/14 season but they missed out by a whisker to Manchester City in the final few game weeks of the league.

The German manager had an uphill task to build the team and regain the club’s lost glory and five years down the line, he has managed to make Liverpool not only one of the top clubs in the world but also won a Champions League and Premier League title after 30 years in 2020.

The Reds spent approximately £550m on 30 players in the last five years. While some turned out to be exceptional for the club, some failed miserably. Jurgen Klopp’s most notable singings are the team’s attacking trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

The club’s most expensive signings are Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker who came for club-record fees of £75m and £65m respectively. But both the players have lived up to their price tags and have been the team’s finest performers in the last few seasons.

Compared to Klopp, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have shelled out more money on a lesser number of players. The Norwegian manager has so far spent £414m approximately on 14 players in the past three seasons. The summer of 2021 proved to be the most extravagant window for the Red Devils in the Solskjaer era as they spent more than £120m to sign players like Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo. It has to be noted though that the Portuguese superstar came on a free transfer from Juventus.

Here, we take a look at the gross spendings of Jurgen Klopp and Ole Gunnar Solskjae on players transfers during their time at Liverpool and Manchester United respectively.

How much has Jurgen Klopp spent at Liverpool in transfers?

Player Club Transfer fee
Marko Grujic Red Star Belgrade £5.1m
Steven Caulker QPR Loan
Kamil Grabara Ruch Chorzow £250,000
Sadio Mané Southampton £30m
Loris Karius Mainz 05 £4.7m
Joel Matip Schalke 04 Free
Ragnar Klavan Augsburg £4.2m
Alex Manninger FC Augsburg Free
Georginio Wijnaldum Newcastle United £25m
Mohamed Salah Roma £43.9m
Dominic Solanke Chelsea £4m
Andy Robertson Hull City £10m
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Arsenal £35m
Virgil Van Dijk Southampton £75m
Naby Keita RB Leipzig £52.75
Fabinho Tavarez AS Monaco £43.7m
Xherdan Shaqiri Stoke City £13.75m
Alisson Becker Roma £65m
Sepp van den Berg PEC Zwolle £4.4m
Harvey Elliott Fulham £4.4m
Adrián San Miguel West Ham United Free
Andy Lonergan Middlesbrough Free
Takumi Minamino RB Leipzig £7.25m
Kostas Tsimikas Olympiacos £11.75m
Thiago Alcantara Bayern Munich £27.4m
Diogo Jota Wolves £45m
Ben Davies Preston North End £1.6m
Ozan Kabak Schalke 04 Loan
Kaide Gordon Derby County £3.4m
Ibrahima Konaté RB Leipzig £36m
Total   £553.45

How much has Ole Gunnar Solskjær spent at Manchester United in players transfers?

Player Club Transfer fee
Harry Maguire Leicester City £80m
Bruno Fernandes Sporting Lisbon £47m
Aaron Wan-Bissaka Crystal Palace £50m
Edinson Cavani PSG Free
Jadon Sancho Borussia Dortmund £72.9m
Amad Diallo Atalanta £37m
Daniel James Swansea City £25m
Tom Heaton Aston Villa Free
Facundo Pellistri Penarol £8.5m
Nathan Bishop Southend United Undisclosed fee
 Donny van de Beek Ajax £39m
Alex Telles FC Porto £15.4m
Raphael Varane Real Madrid £41m
Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus Free
Total   £415.8



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