Rafa Honigstein exclusive: Transfer committee won't bother Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool

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Liverpool's infamous 'transfer committee' won't be a problem for manager Jurgen Klopp, according to football expert Rafa Honigstein.

Much has been made of the Reds' policy of signing players - a structure which failed dramatically under previous manager Brendan Rodgers.

Honigstein, however, believes there are very few differences between Liverpool's and Borussia Dortmund's transfer policies.


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"The structure is very similar, because at Dortmund you had three or four guys who would together decide which player would be bought," the football expert told GiveMeSport.

"The club, through the sporting director and the scout, made the big decision then Klopp had his say. Dortmund would never sign a player if Klopp said 'no'."

It was believed one of the demands Klopp made when signing his contract at Anfield was to be in total command of the transfers. 

However, Honigstein feels the German will be familiar with the way Liverpool conduct transfers and happy to work with Ian Ayre and Mike Gordon in making the decision of signing players for the club.

"He is very, very comfortable with that system and the fact that it's called a 'transfer committee' I think has given the system a bad word, but it's actually how a lot of clubs in Europe operate."

At Dortmund, Klopp built a reputation for signing cheap players and turning them into world-class stars. The likes of Robert Lewandowski, Marco Reus and Ilkay Gundogan were all signed for very little at the Westfalonstadion and have since developed into sensational bargains.

Dortmund's sporting manager Michael Zorc was responsible for a lot of signings that Klopp made during his tenure at the club and Honigstein believes the German needs to be able to rely on Liverpool's transfer committee.

"I think what's more important than the system is the quality of people working within it," he continued.

"If you have a Michael Zorc at Dortmund who had a proven eye for players it's very easy for Klopp to say 'you know what, Michael I trust you, if you tell me this player is good I will believe you'.

"But if some analyst that you've never worked with is telling you to sign this player then Klopp won't be quite ready to trust his view.

"I think it's more about having people that you trust and people that really understand football and know how to use data and how to find the best solution financially."

Ultimately, Honigstein insists there isn't an issue with the way players are signed at Anfield and is convinced it won't pose Klopp any problems.

"I don't think there's anything wrong with the structure and I don't believe Jurgen Klopp thinks there's anything wrong with the structure."

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