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With the obscene amount of financial backing in football these days, the top players are used to seeing their market value increase. However, just like stocks and shares in the real world, footballers’ values go up or down due to a whole host of factors.
Global accountancy firm KPMG have analysed the most recent champions of the six top European leagues – the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Liga NOS and Ligue 1 – to assess squad value.
Their ‘football benchmark player valuation tool’ uses proprietary algorithms which consider factors like position, length of contract, commercial potential, age, individual performance and the dependency their team has on them to determine a monetary value.
For the English top-flight, Liverpool were selected following their record-breaking campaign last time out which saw them lift the Premier League title for the first time in over 30 years.
Leading the way for the Reds is Mohamed Salah, who holds a market value of €122.2million, making him the third most valuable player from any of the six selected clubs.
Salah is followed by his forward partner Sadio Mane, who is just behind the Egyptian with a €120m value, while defender Trent Alexander-Arnold completes the top three for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Alexander-Arnold, who came through the LIverpool academy, has been fantastic since breaking into the Reds side in 2016 and becoming the first-choice right-back at the start of the 2017/18 campaign.
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According to the report, Klopp’s squad holds an overall value of €1.09billion, with the aforementioned top three contributing €349.3m of that.
In Spain, last season’s La Liga champions Real Madrid have considerably less value than the Reds in their squad, the report claims, with an overall total of €874.2m.
Casemiro is Los Blancos’ most valuable player at €72.6m, with Raphael Varane valued at €70.2m ahead of the most expensive goalkeeper on the list, Thibaut Cortois, at €67.9m.
Juventus also have a lower squad value than Liverpool, with the reigning Serie A champions boasting a €734.8m combined total.
Cristiano Ronaldo is third for Juve at €63.2m, with the Portuguese forward turning 36 in February. He trails Paulo Dybala at €65.2m, as well as Matthijs de Ligt at €90m.
In Germany, Serge Gnabry is Bayern Munich’s most valuable player following their incredible season last time out.
Gnabry played a big part in Bayern’s Champions League success and has earned a value of €99.8m, with Joshua Kimmich on €98.3m and Leroy Sane on €85.8m, helping Hansi Flick’s squad achieve an overall value of €943.4m.
Unsurprisingly, Liga NOS champions Porto have the lowest overall squad valuation out of the six teams that were selected for the study, with €214.4m.
The Portuguese side’s most valuable trio are Jesus Manuel Corona at €28.5m, Moussa Marega at €15.4m and Shoya Nakajima at €14.3m.
Paris Saint-Germain boast the most valuable player on the list, with Kylian Mbappe recording a price of €200m in the current market.
The France striker is followed by his PSG team-mate Neymar Jr at €125m, just €2.8m ahead of the aforementioned Salah, and Marquinhos in third for the Paris-based club at €59.9m.
Mauricio Pochettino’s new club has an overall valuation of €806.6m, which means Liverpool have the most expensive squad in European football, according to the report.
The Reds’ season this time around hasn’t been as dominant as the 2019/20 campaign, with Klopp’s men currently in second place.
However, they have the chance to reclaim top spot of the Premier League, if they can beat Manchester United when they come to Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
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