To clear the air on talks of the “transfer committee” in sole charge of the transfers in and out of Anfield, Liverpool’s chief executive, Ian Ayre has declared that Jurgen Klopp has the final say on transfers and that same was with Brendan Rodgers while the Northern Irish was with the Merseysiders. There were talks that ever since the Fenway Sports Group took over Liverpool, they have sanctioned most of the deals and that Rodgers didn’t have any say. The likes of Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling were sold, reducing Liverpool’s ability to compete and eventually leading to the sack of Rodgers. Ian however says that is far from the truth,
“Brendan had the final say on all the players we signed. 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.”
This is coming with talks that Liverpool are interested in bringing in new additions by January, and it has been believed that the players would be in the mould of Klopp’s style of play who has brought his hard pressing type of game to the side. The club is said to be nearing an agreement with Corinthians over the Winter transfer of former Milan forward, Alexandre Pato. The Brazil club president, Robero de Andrade earlier confirmed that a move to the EPL was on for the striker with Liverpool being in prime position,
“There is an agreement in principle with Liverpool for the transfer in the coming weeks. Pato had long expressed a desire to return to Europe. Liverpool await, there are a few missing details, but Klopp will have a new reinforcement and for Pato the Premier League will be a new springboard.”
West Ham were earlier on linked with the ex Selecao striker, with Slaven Bilic keen on his chances of securing the services of the 26 year-old forward. The Reds will have to part with around £14.3 million Pounds to get the signature of the player who is now highly rated in his country’s local league after injury had threatened his bright career while at Europe. Klopp is also said to have eyes on Empoli midfielder, Riccardo Saponara .
The 23 year-old was close to securing a deal with Juventus in advance for the next Summer transfer, but Liverpool could pull a quick one if they go for him by January with 14 million Pounds. The highly rated Serie A playmaker has 4 goals in 8 League games for Empoli this season.