Peter Crouch said that Liverpool are not currently being placed in the same bracket as Chelsea because they failed to spend big in the transfer market.
Speaking on BT Sport last night, Crouch jumped to the defence of his former club, suggesting they should be mentioned in a similar breath to the Blues.
Liverpool put five past Porto yesterday in the Champions League, ensuring their unbeaten start to the season stayed intact.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have seemingly put the disappointment of last year behind them and are on a redemption mission.
Klopp keeping it the same
What’s perhaps most eye-catching about the Reds revival is the fact they’ve managed it with pretty much the same personnel from the previous campaign.
Their only signing of the summer was Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig, who has only made two appearances for his new team so far.
Instead, Klopp has remained faithful to those who have been present for the good, the bad and the ugly.
He used 35-year-old James Milner at right-back against Porto, a nod to experience over excitement.
The return of Virgil van Dijk has been, to want of a better cliché, like a new signing.
“I look at teams like Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United who have spent money but Liverpool’s starting XI is as good as anyone – if not the best,” said Crouch.
“The reason people aren’t talking about them is because they haven’t gone out and spent money on a big player like Romelu Lukaku like Chelsea have.
“But their starting XI is as good as anyone.”
Comparing Liverpool’s transfer trolly dash to the other Premier League heavyweights is like the difference between shopping at Aldi and Harrods.
Konate was signed for £36m (Sky Sports), which is almost a third of the figure forked out by Chelsea for Lukaku.
In fairness to the Blues, they reimbursed the Belgian’s fee with player sales of their own.
Whereas Manchester City hardly touched the sides of Jack Grealish’s £100m (BBC) move.
Same can be said for Manchester United, who splashed £133.7m (Sky Sports) on Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane without hardly any refunds.