Positionally, neither Delph nor Foden are competing with either of them... but regardless, Foden played 330 minutes because of their injury issues specifically. The Liverpool-City match, which by and large might have decided the title, City's players on the bench were Walker, Gundogan, Otamendi, KDB, Mahrez, Jesus. I've got news, Lallana, Origi, Shaq, Ox, Wilson, Kent, Brewster, they are not getting near that bench. Ox would see some minutes over the course of the season, sure, but he's spending the vast majority of his time not playing for City. He is an energy guy, great for Klopp! But in those attacking positions City plays much more technical (and frankly just more skilled) players. They WERE weaker in holding mid, until this summer. As far as CB, it doesn't really matter because they have what they need for the style they play, even with injuries there they've made it work. Pep's system helps hugely in this regard. "Front three" does not refer to depth. I'd have our front 3, too... but expand it just a little bit, to their front 4 or 5 (or best 4-5 attackers), they're winning. 117M net is what transfermarkt has, and the year before we made 19M net! So that's <50M per season net over those 2 years. No one disagrees. But just getting at least 1 top-tier player right now is not "crazy" spending. That would be "relaxed investment". That said I don't think anyone is saying the wheels will fall off -- you don't need to crash into a brick wall in order to miss a key (and seemingly pretty rare) opportunity. And Danny came off this year, who was on 6 figures a week. They just made 185M from the CL alone, they are top of earnings due to prem TV deal... 65M a summer is very, very doable. Yeah, this isn't even half of the reason why Arsenal are in this state. I know you know this. Let's hope for no serious or concurrent injuries, then! This is a position that I would prefer not to be in, and since they have every reason to get deeper with 1 more quality versatile signing in attack, I expect it this summer. This is not the way it works. Their CM is fine, they are a control and attack oriented side that dominates matches through their technique and possession. They have already shown their ability to withstand injuries, they still got to 98 points THROUGH the injuries last season. So you're really missing the point, I think. I say that ordinarily really loving your posting and point of view, but you're way off on this from my perspective. We will have to wait and see how it all shakes out for the I told you so's. If they sign a good player, or if they don't get injuries in attack, we'll never really know. So we'll see what happens I suppose. You are completely, uncharitably misunderstanding what I'm saying. Of course Liverpool aren't in the same position as Spurs, and of course Spurs were happy with a complete flukey surprise trip to the CL final! No shit. They also almost missed top 4. The ENTIRE point is that "pulling a Spurs" for Liverpool looks different than for Spurs. LFC aren't going to be struggling for top 4. Duh. What I meant by "pulling a Spurs" was to miss an opportunity. This is a chance to strengthen in a way that hasn't been possible for a long, long time. They have the cache, they have the money, they have the loveable, brilliant, successful manager, they have the squad to compete for at least a couple/few years to come, and I repeat they have the money. To not act now, in THIS situation, is to "pull a Spurs"... it is in many ways short-sighted considering how rarely this exact opportunity has presented itself in literally the last 30 years (hint: it's never presented itself!). To have done the squad management that they have done doesn't matter nearly as much when they don't keep on top of it and keep reinforcing with completely reasonable sums in order to continue to improve. All that good work, over a number of years under Klopp and FSG, it's not going to completely disappear overnight! But without consistent investment of top talent, I don't know if we'll ever know what the ceiling of this project is... that's what I'm talking about. Not ********ing being in the same position as Spurs. Come on.