Liverpool have come a long way in ten years under FSG. Theyve come a long way in five-and-a-half years under Jurgen Klopp.
While their Premier League title defence might have been obliterated and their hopes of finishing in the top four have been left in disarray, their European elite status remains untouched.
And the transfer rumour mill proves it.
Whenever theres a reported update on Kylian Mbappes future, you guarantee the Reds name wont be far behind with them said to be leading contenders to sign the World Cup winner alongside Real Madrid.
Substitute in Erling Haaland, Jadon Sancho or David Alaba and its the same story. When the best talents in European football are on the market, Liverpools name is in the conversation.
The latest example came on Friday morning concerning the future of Real Madrids Raphael Varane.
Reports in Spain claim the Reds are in the frame to sign the France international with Klopp dreaming of partnering him alongside Virgil van Dijk.
OkDiario even went as far as to suggest the German has vocalised his interest to Varane in a bid to convince him to move to Anfield.
But with his contract expiring in 2022, Liverpool aren’t the only side said to be interested with Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain also allegedly chasing the centre-back.
Varane is one of the best defenders in the world and while the prospect of him partnering a fully fit Van Dijk is salivating, reports linking the Reds with such a talent do need to be taken with a pinch of salt.
Afterall, FSG are feeling the financial pinch of the coronavirus pandemic. And while the Liverpool owners might not be the only ones in such a boat, it does leave the European elite transfer market in a curious state of limbo.
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Whether the Reds could find a way to finance a move for an Mbappe, Haaland, Sancho, Alaba or Varane is open to debate.
But their continued presence in such conversations, despite all logic suggesting that said players would be beyond their financial means in the midst of a global pandemic, highlights just how far they have come under Klopp and FSG.
And it also demonstrates what they have to lose. Especially if they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
It was 10 years ago when FSG brought Luis Suarez to Anfield, helping send the controversial Uruguayan firmly on his way to global superstardom.
But despite not being shy parting with big fees, the profile of players signed alongside the striker at the time showcases how Liverpool are now in a completely different stratosphere.
Previously unable to lure the planets biggest names, the Reds instead signed younger talents in the hope they would go on to bigger and better things, either at Anfield or elsewhere.
Often without bitter fights against their fiercest rivals to land signatures as a result, their transfer philosophy was something of a gamble.
Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didnt.
A club-record £35m was spent on Andy Carroll the same month, with the likes of Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam and Sebastian Coates signed alongside now-captain Jordan Henderson the following summer.
In January 2013, Brendan Rodgers struck gold with Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho, but they were sandwiched by Fabio Borini, Joe Allen and Oussama Assaidi the previous close-season and Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto, Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori ahead of the new campaign.
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Suarezs departure in the summer of 2014 only highlighted Liverpools struggles luring the elite further as they missed out on Alexis Sanchez before reluctantly signing Mario Balotelli, alongside the likes of Lazar Markovic, Alberto Moreno and Emre Can with Roberto Firmino, Christian Benteke and Danny Ings following 12 months later.
Klopps arrival sparked a change, landing success with Sadio Mane, Gini Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah and Andy Robertson, but it wasnt until the arrival of Virgil van Dijk in January 2018 that the Reds new position of power became clear as the Dutchman snubbed the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea in favour of a move to Anfield.
After reaching the Champions League final in 2018, Liverpool swooped to sign Fabinho and Alisson with the Reds now finding that if they wanted a player they were well-placed to land them regardless of A-list competition.
Having won the European Cup and Premier League in successive seasons, Klopp brought in Thiago Alcantara last year in the biggest sign of strength yet of Liverpools allure.
Liverpool current trophies the Super Cup trophy, Premier League trophy, Champions League trophy and World Club Cup trophy at Anfield
But while such triumphs should have acted as a springboard for future Reds glory, both on the field and in the transfer market, the coronavirus pandemic alongside their ongoing injury crisis has threatened to derail their future efforts with their struggles clearer than ever.
Now risking the possibility of missing out on the Champions League next season, rumours regarding Salahs future at the club continue while Wijnaldum looks set to depart this summer at the end of his contract.
And if Liverpool did fail to qualify, it would potentially highlight one way they still trail behind their domestic rivals.
With the promise of big wages on offer at Old Trafford regardless of a lack of Champions League football, Manchester United still signed Angel Di Maria and Falcao in 2014/15, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 2016/17 and Bruno Fernandes in January 2020.
While Manchester City have not had to endure such a challenge, they will always be able to convince targets to move to the Etihad thanks to City Football Groups vast finances.
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Realistically this season has shown Liverpool cannot argue the same, having missed out on Timo Werner last summer and been forced to be creative with finances to find a way sign Thiago and Diogo Jota.
In truth, no-one expected the Reds to progress as quickly as they have under Klopp, with Liverpool developing at a rapid rate alongside their star signings.
Perhaps running before they could walk, this summer will offer a sliding doors moment for FSG as they look to ensure this season is just one step back after two steps forward rather than something more catastrophic.
Its all very well blaming injuries for the Reds struggles but one wrong step could leave the club at the risk of being left behind once again, having waited 30 years to regain their perch and endured a 16-year absence from the Champions League before taking the first steps of their initial modern revival under Gerard Houllier.
FSG now face a true test of Liverpools mettle.
And its not just transfer gossip column space alongside the likes of Mbappe, Haaland and Varane at stake if they continue to fall short.
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