Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre insists that new boss Jurgen Klopp will have the final say over transfers.
Klopp took over from Rodgers last month with just eight games of the season gone, and guided the Reds to a 3-1 win against Chelsea on Saturday - their first under his stewardship.
One of the major criticisms of Rodgers' time in charge at Anfield was the much-maligned transfer committee, which oversaw the arrival of Mario Balotelli and Lazar Markovic, amongst other expensive flops.
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It was reported before Klopp's arrival that he wanted to ditch the committee and take charge of transfer business himself, and Ayre appears to have confirmed that is now the case. Speaking at the Web Summit in Dublin, Ayre insisted that Klopp was firmly in control of player recruitment.
"Brendan had the final say on all the players we signed,” he said. “There’s only one person that has the final say over what players at Liverpool Football Club and that’s Jürgen Klopp right now. That’s always been the case for as long as I’ve been here.
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Liverpool signed seven first team players in the summer transfer window, three of which started against Chelsea. The £29 million deal for Roberto Firmino in particular has come in for criticism, but Ayre insists the club's process behind signings players works.
He explained: "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. 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. I’ve been at the football club eight years. The committee, and we don’t think of it as a committee, just the media do, is really a collaboration of all those people that all contribute to let the manager make that decision, and I think that’s very smart.”
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