Liverpool will not have to alter their summer transfer plans after being sanctioned by the Premier League for their role European Super League plot.
That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after the league collectively fined the breakaway teams £22million on 9th June.
The so-called ‘big six’ were also warned that any attempts to create a similar competition would result in a 30-point fine.
The sanctions – which work out at £3.6m for each club – have been derided as too lenient in some quarters of the commentariat.
But Maguire explains that the Premier League’s “pragmatic” solution is actually one of the only workable ones.
The spreadsheet expert also explained why the fine would not impact Liverpool’s transfer kitty.
“I think it’s pragmatic,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“It does look like these fines are going to be paid by the owners. So the transfer budgets of the likes of Liverpool are being unaffected.
“It’s actually quite challenging for the Premier League because they are thinking: ‘How are we going to punish you when there isn’t actually a crime?’
“This is something that a lot of people haven’t realised. What did these clubs do collectively to the Premier League, legally speaking?
“They said they wanted to stay in the Premier League. Their issue was in terms of European football.
“So it was difficult for the Premier League to come up with something that would stick.
“If they had gone for very severe sanctions then A) it would have alienated the fanbases and B) the clubs would have put up a legal challenge.”