Robinson amazed by Liverpool after 'incredible' £120m reveal from Pearce
Paul Robinson is in awe of Liverpool after it was revealed they have generated £120million from the sales of their youngsters over the past five years.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England goalkeeper said the return is “incredible” and shows the benefit of investing in one’s academy.
As reported by The Athletic‘s James Pearce, the sale of Harry Wilson to Fulham in a £12million deal last week takes the club’s earning from the sale of their youngsters in the past half a decade to £120 million.
Other notable departures include Rhian Brewster to Sheffield United for £23.5m, Ki-Jana Hoever to Wolves for £13.5m, and Danny Ward to Leicester City for £12.5m.
Pearce revealed the annual running cost of the academy to £10million – a relatively small amount given the £120m raised and emergence of players like Trent Alexander-Arnold and Curtis Jones.
When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his reaction to the news, Robinson said: “It’s incredible.
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“It just goes to show that investing in your academy is worth it, it pays off. To get that kind of money for players that are not deemed good enough for your club is just remarkable. It’s an incredible return on your investment.
“The top-class coaches and facilities at the academy are paying dividends.
“Players are giving a grounding at a club like Liverpool. If you go there you have a really good chance of making a long career in football.”