Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre has revealed that new manager Jurgen Klopp has the power to choose the players the club signs in the transfer market
Brendan Rodgers clearly endured a torrid time as manager of Liverpool and one of the main reasons behind his failure was the ineffective use of the funds provided to him.
Despite spending close to £300million in the transfer market, one could argue that Rodgers was not able to improve the Liverpool side a great deal and many feel that the Northern Irishman’s poor record in purchasing players was one of the main reasons behind his sacking.
It was later revealed that the players whom Rodgers signed over the last three seasons were not entirely his choices and that he was bound by a transfer committee at Liverpool.
Now following the appointment of Jurgen Klopp as manager, it was feared that even the German’s hands would be tied regarding player signings due to the transfer committee.
Klopp to have a say in Liverpool’s transfers
However, Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre has gone on to deny claims that Klopp’s decisions in the transfer market will be influenced by the hierarchy and added that even Rodgers had made his own signings.
“There’s only one person that has the final say over what players at Liverpool Football Club and that’s Jurgen Klopp right now,” said Ayre whilst speaking at the Web Summit in Dublin.
“(Previous manager) Brendan (Rodgers) had the final say on all the players we signed. That’s always been the case for as long as I’ve been here. The words ‘transfer committee’ I think got used once and became this idea that we all sit round a table and have a vote on every player we sign. That couldn’t be further from the truth.
“The point that has been made about the committee, and I don’t think we did anything any different to most football clubs, is that 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, four players, the best players for that position, show them to the manager and the manager can go watch or have the scouts go watch those players and narrow it down.”