Liverpool set to land transfer windfall amid £119m payment as Arne Slot plots summer plan

Virgil van Dijk of the Netherlands looks on during the UEFA EURO 2024 round of 16 match between Romania and Netherlands at Munich Football Arena on July 02, 2024
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Thanks to the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool will be given a lump sum from UEFA this summer. At every major international tournament, UEFA and FIFA pay clubs from across the world a remuneration package for allowing their players to represent their national teams.

Euro 2024 is no different, with 10 players from Anfield looking to get their hands on some silverware in Germany this summer. Liverpool have three representatives in the Netherlands squad – Van Dijk, Cody Gakpo and Ryan Gravenberch – and two in the England setup – Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez.

Diogo Jota has appeared for Portugal, while Ibrahima Konate has played second-fiddle to William Saliba for France. In the group stages, Andy Robertson featured for Scotland and Dominik Szoboszlai balled out for Hungary while Vitezslav Jaros remained on the bench for Czech Republic.

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Under what is known as the Club Benefits Programme, UEFA compensates clubs based on how much time they spend with their national team. Ahead of the European championships, they announced that pot allocated to domestic clubs has expanded from €130m (£110m) for Euro 2020 to €140m (£119m) for Euro 2024.

The exact splits for each side will be announced after the tournament but, based on previous figures, Liverpool, who are deemed 'Category 1' will receive the top amount – which in Euro 2020 was €8,700 (£7,362) per-player, per-day they were on international duty.

Payments start from 10 days before a team's first match at the finals and extend until a day after they are eliminated (or lift the trophy). Therefore, Liverpool have already banked around €548,100 (£463,755) for the involvement of Robertson, Szoboszlai and Jaros, who have all already been sent home.

The total sum for the remaining players at the tournament are not set in stone. Nevertheless, with England and the Netherlands primed to advance to the semi-finals this weekend and one of France or Portugal guaranteed to progress, the Reds are set to rake in a healthy fee.

With Arne Slot no doubt eager to bolster his new squad this summer, the windfall will help Liverpool welcome some new faces to Anfield. The Reds continue to be linked with numerous big names but, for now, it remains unclear whether or not Richard Hughes will wheel out the war chest.