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Liverpool profits from investment across the club

Saturday, 9 February 2019


Liverpool Football Club has posted an increased turnover of £90m taking their total earnings for the year to £455m according to its latest accounts released today.

The financial statements show that £137m came into the club from player transfers – all of that, plus further investment, has been reinvested back into the squad taking the total outgoings on new players in excess of £190m.

During the reporting period for the year to May 31, 2018, Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Dominic Solanke all came in, with Philippe Coutinho, Mamadou Sakho, Lucas Leiva and Kevin Stewart leaving the club.

Turnover increased during the period by £90m to £455m which represents sustained growth across the club. All three revenue streams saw rises with media revenue increasing by £66m to £220m, commercial revenue increasing by £17m to £154m and match revenue increasing by £7m to £81m.

The majority of those increases are a result of qualification for the Champions League and the additional games progressing through to the final. The club did not participate in any European competition in the previous season, 2016-17.

Profit before tax for the period was reported at £125m compared to £40m in the previous year.

Andy Hughes, LFC’s chief operating officer, said: “What we have seen is a stable and sustained improvement in the club’s financial position over recent years. This growth and increase in revenue has enabled us to significantly reinvest both in the playing squad and the football operational infrastructure.

“Financial results do fluctuate depending on player trading costs and timing of payments but what’s clear in these latest results is the further strengthening of our underlying financial footing and profits being reinvested in the squad and infrastructure.

“Since the reporting period, which is now nearly 12 months old, we have continued reinvesting in the playing squad from those areas of growth.

“In addition, the capital investment in our new training complex in Kirkby is well under way which will provide first-class amenities for our players and staff, and will vastly improve sports facilities for the community of Kirkby.”

Liverpool, who sit second in the table level on points and with a game in hand over Manchester City, signed eight new partnerships, including the new shirt sleeve sponsor with Western Union and global partnerships with Falken Tyres and Joie during the reporting period.

In addition to the eight new partners, the club renewed with four partners which further demonstrates the strength of those relationships, consistency of delivering value to partners and the global appeal of the football club.

LFC also had significant digital growth and became one of the fastest-growing football clubs on social media, including the Instagram platform gaining three million followers at a 71% annual growth rate.

Facebook and Twitter continued to grow and saw 27 million fan interactions on Twitter during the reporting period. Overall, the club’s social media platforms had a 14% growth rate taking the total to more than 60 million followers across digital channels.

In May 2018, LFC had the highest viewing figures on YouTube ever for a Premier League club and third of any sports club globally.

Matchday revenue increased by £7m with continued success of Anfield’s Main Stand and a result of the increased hospitality sales from the additional Champions League games last season.

Media revenue increased by £66m in the second year of a three-season Premier League broadcast deal.

Hughes added: “We’re making solid progress right across the club. Costs in football continue to rise year on year and it’s important we constantly review and manage our operating costs to ensure we’re in the right shape for future success.

“With the continued support of our ownership group, performance on the pitch and maintaining our priority of reinvesting back into the squad, we remain focused towards fulfilling all our football ambitions.”


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