Liverpool fans have gotten a bit of good news as Ian Ayre, Liverpool’s chief executive, has recently declared that manager Jurgen Klopp will always have the final say on transfers and this makes a lot of sense as the new manager is obviously changing things at Anfield and obviously knows what he is doing.
Liverpool have been much criticised for their ‘transfer committee’ that has overseen some infamous deals since Fenway Sports Group took over the club and fans are starting to wonder if this is not going to ruin the club at the long run.
And it has been widely suggested that former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers lost his job for failing to get the most out of rash purchases made by those above him in the transfer market and these are obviously the committee.
But Ayre refuted that claim when he said, “Brendan had the final say on all the players we signed.”
“There’s only one person that has the final say over what players arrive now at Liverpool FC and that’s Jurgen Klopp.”
“It’s been the case for as long as I have been here. The words ‘transfer committee’ I think got used once and became this idea that we all sit around a table and have a vote on every player we sign. That couldn’t be further from the truth.”
“The manager will say we are looking for somebody in this position and a bunch of people – a mix of traditional scouts, and more recently analytical and digital based information – bring all of that together, as was always the case.”
“Then we look at two, three or four players, the best players for that position. Show them to the manager and the manager can go an watch or have the scouts go and watch those players and narrow it down.”
“At that point I’ll become more involved and start talking to clubs, agents, players on a negotiations basis and then the manager will choose.”
“That’s never changed and I’ve been at the club for eight years now.”