By Noel Whelan

11th Nov, 2021 | 3:00pm

Whelan verdict on Liverpool January spending spree after 'incredible' £780m reveal

Liverpool are unlikely to make waves in the winter transfer window – partly due to their “incredible” £780million squad value.

That is according to ex-Leeds striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, as he explained there is a “gulf in class” between Man City’s squad and the rest of the Premier League.

According to the CIES Football Observatory’s Sustainable Squad Management (SSM) Index (November 10th), the Citizens have the most sustainable squad in world football – with Real Sociedad and Liverpool trailing close behind.

The index takes into account player age, average stay in the first-team squad, contract duration, and domestic minutes per player when calculating a result.

According to Transfermarkt, the Man City squad is worth over £970million while Liverpool’s is worth just shy of £780million.

Roberto Firmino’s recent hamstring injury has brought Liverpool’s squad depth into sharp focus.

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Fringe stars like Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi were called into action during the 3-2 loss against West Ham, as the Merseyside club chased the game.

Conversely, Pep Guardiola elected not to utilise a bench that included Raheem Sterling, Jack Grealish, and Riyad Mahrez as Man City ran out 2-0 winners against Man United.

Whelan insisted it will be difficult for Liverpool to remedy their lack of depth in January.

“Man City’s squad is incredible,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“Their second team could probably finish in the top five. That is just the gulf in class we are talking about.

“The rotation they have allows them to be competitive in every competition, whether it’s Europe or domestic.

“Other teams, such as Liverpool, don’t have that luxury and that financial backing to be able to do that.

“I’m not sure they’ll go and do any business in January – Jurgen Klopp was standoffish about doing business even in the summer window.

“When everyone’s fit at Liverpool, they have the best squad in the league – and you can see where that incredible £780m figure comes from – but it’s just about maintaining those levels.

“It’s difficult to get players in during the January window, and if you do, you’ll be paying over the odds.”

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