Todd Boehly and $258m Chelsea transfers just prompted fresh Liverpool question for FSG

Todd Boehly and 8m Chelsea transfers just prompted fresh Liverpool question for FSG

A couple of weeks back, the Premier League fixtures for the upcoming season were released, and Liverpool discovered that it would be traveling to Chelsea on the opening weekend.

This is always one of the most anticipated match-ups of the season, but this year it’s particularly intriguing because both teams underachieved so heavily last year.

Liverpool slipped out of the top four after previously competing for the title, but Chelsea’s drop-off was another level entirely. With four different coaches in the dugout over the course of the season, the Blues wound up in a dismal 12th place, the lowest finish of any elite side in the ‘big six’ era.

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Chelsea has now appointed a permanent successor to Graham Potter in Mauricio Pochettino, widely viewed as one of the best managers in Europe, but the club remains in a state of flux. Right now, with the squad still a long way from taking shape, it’s hard to judge their prospects for next season.

Liverpool may have been hoping that the Blues would be weakened by the constraints of Financial Fair Play in light of a record-breaking $767m (£600m/€698m) spending spree that looked certain to catch up with them.

The Times was warning as early as March that Chelsea would require a summer ‘fire sale’ to ensure compliance with the rules, and that has come to pass, but not in the way that most expected.

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  • June 25, 2023