Liverpool ranked in top 3 most sustainable teams in Europe – Liverpool FC
Liverpool are considered the third most durable team in Europe’s top five leagues, with a study putting them behind Man City and current La Liga leaders Real Sociedad.
Since Jurgen Klopp’s arrival, strategic planning and the Reds’ desire to see the big picture have been essential in building a team capable of winning silverware.
Thoughtful approaches to the transfer window have been needed on a tight budget compared to their closest rivals, with Liverpool balancing newcomers with new contracts.
Ibrahima Konate was the only addition to the squad in 2021 as Liverpool instead reinvested in the players who have been at the heart of success under Klopp.
Jordan Henderson (2025), Virgil van Dijk (2025), Trent Alexander-Arnold (2025), Fabinho (2026), Alisson (2027) and Andy Robertson (2026) have all signed new contracts to keep the key cohort intact.
This level of team stability is part of team sustainability, and the latest CIES Football Observatory study reveals Liverpool are the third most sustainable team among 98 teams in Premier League, LaLiga, Serie A , Bundesliga and Ligue 1.
- Liverpool, third most sustainable team in the 5 best European leagues
- Man City (100) and Real Sociedad (99.7) in first and second
- Weighted by player’s age, time spent at club and remaining contract term
The report rates each team based on the age of the players (the younger the better), the average stay in the first team (the longer the better) and the length of their contracts (the longer the better). ), the whole being then weighted by minutes of the national league.
Data refers to the 2020/21 season and for the Reds their rosters had an average age of 28, with their stay of 3.8 years – the second highest behind Burnley (4.07) – and years of remaining contract of 3.2 totaling an index of 97.7.
The cohesion within the team due to the time spent together would therefore be considerable for Liverpool with a stability often positively correlated with the results.
Dependence on a key group of players who are contracted to stay for the medium to long term helps maintain a desirable level of stability from season to season.
This is another nod to the strategy in place at Liverpool, a strategy they have used successfully so far, but which requires constant adjustments so as not to push the age group too far towards the end. thirty.
The new contracts will do just that and that means the rise of Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones, Konate and Alexander-Arnold will be key, in addition to any new young signing on the way.
RB Leipzig (90), Man United (90), Leeds (84.6), Newcastle (83.9), Real Madrid (79.1), Athletic Club (74.3) and Tottenham (74) round out the top 10.