In the Champions League, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp must strike a tough balance between the physical demands on his players and the substantial financial prizes on offer.
Their last two matches are dead rubbers after they qualified for the last 16 as group B winners with a 2-0 victory against Atletico Madrid. However, each victory is worth around £2.5 million, so additional two wins over Porto and AC Milan would approximately equal Sadio Mane’s current annual pay.
While that may seem insignificant for a club that spent £320 million on wages in the last financial year – the second highest in the Premier League – in a world where they can’t compete with Chelsea and both Manchester teams’ transfer spending, every cent counts.
Klopp is aware of the financial ramifications, but his first worry will be the health of his players, especially after another player was added to the injured list when Roberto Firmino was forced off with a hamstring injury that will keep him out for at least a month.
source : fourfourtwo