Liverpool biggest movers in Deloitte Money League as English clubs dominate top 20 rich list

Liverpool biggest movers in Deloitte Money League as English clubs dominate top 20 rich list

Liverpool were the biggest movers in the Deloitte Money League study from the 2021/22 season, with the Reds climbing from seventh place last year to third place this time around.

The top 20 was dominated by English clubs, with 11 Premier League clubs present. It marks the first time in the study’s 26-year history that over half the clubs come from the same league.

The top 20 clubs made a total of €9.2bn (£7.82bn), up 13% from 2020/21. It has largely been put down to the return of fans following their absence due to Covid-19, with matchday revenue rising from €111m to €1.4bn.

Liverpool biggest movers and edge past Man United

Five of the Premier League’s so-called big six – Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur – reported revenue increases of 15% or more. 

But it was Liverpool who climbed the most from last time out, moving into third place behind only Man City and Real Madrid with a total of €701.7m.

The rise was helped by the club’s journey to the Champions League final last season, with Liverpool also generating over €100m from matchday revenue for the very first time, one of only five clubs to achieve the feat.

Importantly for many Liverpool fans, the rise sees them achieve their highest-ever position, with the club overtaking Man United in the rankings for the first time.

Premier League clubs dominate top 20

As mentioned, Man City retained top spot with €731m, ahead of second-placed Real Madrid who posted a total of €713.8m, having also finished second last time out.

The Manchester outfit only entered the top five in 2015/16, with the club rising after securing back-to-back Premier League titles. They posted a Premier League commercial revenue record of €373m thanks to such success.

Arsenal meanwhile have become the first side to enter the top 10 since 2018/19, with Leeds entering for the first time since 2002/03, as Newcastle also re-entered.

The Yorkshire outfit secured 18th place in the list, ahead of the Magpies in 20th, with Everton in between the two in 19th, dropping down one place from last season.

Man United climbed from 5th to 4th, with Chelsea staying in 8th place. North London rivals Spurs and Arsenal both climbed one place each, with the former in 9th and the latter in 10th.

West Ham also climbed a place to 15th, with Leicester completing the Premier League representation in the top 20, with the Foxes dropping from 15th to 17th.


Liverpool among Premier League clubs dominating football

The list comes amid much scrutiny about the huge amounts of money involved in the Premier League, mainly from the likes of those in favour of a European Super League.

In fact, if the Deloitte Money League study was extended to a top 30, a total of 16 Premier League clubs would be involved. According to Sam Boor, Director of Deloitte’s Sports Business Group, the situation with English football is not going to slow down anytime soon.

“The Premier League’s financial superiority is unlikely to be challenged in the coming seasons,” said Boor, as reported by BBC Sport.

“This is particularly apparent at a time when these clubs continue to attract international investment which often, in the best examples, encourages a focus on profitability, as well as on-pitch success.

“It’s now likely a case of not if, but when, all 20 Premier League clubs will appear in the Money League top 30.”

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