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For Liverpool supporters, there is a silver lining slithering through the cracks of Old Trafford.
Manchester United have spent more money than their oldest enemies and still perform with all the balance and flair of a one-legged chicken on a trampoline.
The Red Devils’ woeful results have been covering the sins of two clubs.
United have spent more than any other Premier League club, but Liverpool aren’t far behind.
As it stands, Brendan Rodgers has completed transfers totalling ￡117 million ($242m) — a figure second only to United’s ￡145.9m, after they agreed a ￡14.2m fee with Ajax Amsterdam for Holland international Daley Blind yesterday.
Liverpool’s owners showed Merseyside the money, but they’ve been rewarded with mediocrity. Their industry in the transfer market is yet to be matched on the pitch.
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