Belfast Telegraph

Moyes can’t compete with rich Liverpool

Everton manager David Moyes has admitted to frustration, but not envy, at the spending power of Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish since he took charge at Anfield earlier this year.

The financial divide between the two clubs is currently vast, with Dalglish backed by wealthy owner John W Henry, whilst Moyes has to juggle his squad with one hand tied behind his back given the constraints.

The last two transfer windows underline the gulf that exists as Dalglish has spent in the region of £120million on star names such as Andy Carroll, Luis Suarez, Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam, Jose Enrique, Stewart Downing and Sebastian Coates.

In stark contrast, Moyes' signings have been four on-loan, and one for a nominal fee in Apostolos Vellios, yet he continues to pull rabbits out of hats and will be asked to do so again by the fans for today's 216th Merseyside derby.

“It's always been a tough game for us because we're up against good opposition and Liverpool have always had a level of finance which has allowed them to buy a different level of player than us,” said Moyes.

“Over the years we've tried to be competitive, tried to get as close to them as we can.

“We know it's a big rivalry in the city and I'm aware of that, but most people are aware there have been differences over the years between Liverpool and Everton, and all of it has been financial.”

Despite the huge sum of money Dalglish has enjoyed spending, Moyes insists there is no hint of green in his eyes.

“I don't think I look with envy. I'm just stating facts. It has never been any different here,” said the Scot.

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