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Liverpool post ?106 million world record net profit

AFP  |  London 

posted a world record-breaking ?106 million ($137 million) net profit last year even after spending ?190 million on new players, according to financial results announced on Friday.

The club's profit before tax was ?125 million -- up from ?40 million -- with the club benefiting from increased revenue both on and off the pitch from a run to final in Kiev, where they were beaten by Real Madrid.

Turnover increased by ?90 million to ?455 million in the 12 months to May 31 last year, with media revenue, commercial revenue and matchday revenue all up.

The previous record was set by (?80 million after tax) in 2016/2017, the season after they won the Premier League, when they reached quarter-finals.

still trail the two clubs in revenue terms. United declared their results for the 12 months to the end of last June in September, with revenues of ?590 million.

Jurgen Klopp's side are level on points with City at the top of the as they chase their first English top-flight title for 29 years.

The financial statement shows ?137 million came from transfers, the largest chunk being Philippe Coutinho's January sale to in a deal that could eventually worth up to ?142 million, during the accounting period.

The club invested heavily, signing Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Andrew Robertson, and Virgil Van Dijk, who arrived as the world's most expensive defender at ?75 million.

Since the end of the reporting period club owners have spent more money on players, with Naby Keita, Fabinho, and Alisson Becker, briefly the world's most expensive goalkeeper, coming in at a cost of ?165 million but those deals will be reflected in the current year's figures.

"Financial results do fluctuate depending on trading costs and timing of payments but what's clear in these latest results is the further strengthening of our underlying financial footing and profits being reinvested in the squad and infrastructure," said

"Since the reporting period, which is now nearly 12 months old, we have continued reinvesting in the playing squad from those areas of growth. We're making solid progress right across the club."

Overall, the club's had a 14 percent growth rate and in May 2018, they had the highest viewing figures on ever for a club and third of any sports club globally.

In January, climbed two places to seventh in The top-ranked on the Deloitte's list were United, in third.

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First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 21:21 IST