Liverpool are the first Premier League champions to spend less than £10million on transfers in the season they won the league for nine years, having shelled out just £8.6million during their title-winning campaign.

The Reds wrapped up the 2019/20 title – their 19th league success overall but a first in the Premier League era – when Chelsea beat their closest challengers Manchester City at Stamford Bridge last Thursday.

That led to wild celebrations among the squad, who were gathered together to watch the game back on Merseyside.

Among their number was the Japanese attacking midfielder Takumi Minamino, who the Reds spent £7.25million on in January, and the young defender Sepp van den Berg, who was signed from Dutch side PEC Zwolle for £1.35million last summer.

The pair – who have only made five Premier League appearances between them this season, all Minamino’s – are the only two players Liverpool have spent money on in the past year.

Minamino makes up the bulk of Liverpool’s £8.6million outlay
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Goalkeepers Adrian and Andy Lonergan also arrived on free transfers, while Harvey Elliott’s fee has yet to be determined as Fulham will take the Reds to a tribunal over a price for the youngster.

That makes Liverpool’s title winning season the least expensive – in terms of transfer fees, at least – since Manchester United won the league in 2010/11 having spent just £6.3million that campaign, according to Premier League Productions.

Sir Alex Ferguson brought in the likes of Chris Smalling and Javier Hernandez that summer ahead of clinching his 12th and penultimate Premier League title.

Since that time every other Premier League winner has spent over £60million, bar Leicester’s £27.3million in 2015/16.

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Liverpool’s spend is the lowest of any champion in the season they won the league for nine years
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Liverpool’s low fees go alongside their incredibly meagre net spend during Jurgen Klopp’s time in charge to paint a healthy transfer picture at the club.

As detailed by The Athletic, at a total of £92.4million the Reds’ net transfer spend over the last five years is much less than the likes of Brighton & Hove Albion, Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Watford.

Over the same period, Manchester City’s net spend is some £505.6million and Manchester United’s is £378.9million.

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