Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp still has 'final say' on transfers
Liverpool have hired Michael Edwards to a newly-created sporting director post, though boss Jurgen Klopp has reiterated the final say on transfers still rests with him.
The Reds promoted Edwards, who had previously held jobs as head of analytics, director of technical performance and technical director, to a role which will see him oversee "the club's overall football development", a position which will see him play a key part in the Reds' transfer activity.
Klopp's predecessor Brendan Rodgers was uneasy with the way negotiations were conducted by a transfer committee during his time at Anfield.
However, the current Reds incumbent, who worked under a sporting director at previous club Borussia Dortmund, is an advocate of the model currently in place at the club and maintained that he continues to hold the power over whether players should ultimately be recruited.
"I had the final say before; that's not actually news," Klopp said.
"In moments when somebody is not happy with whatever and you ask here - your player or his player? It's always my player. I can't blame anyone for anything. I can take the pressure.
"It's about the work, there is a lot of work behind the scenes. You need the best people you can get. In this business, the manager can not, should not, and is not allowed to be a one-man show.
"I'm a specialist in football things. I know a lot, but not everything, I like to have the best people around me. Michael is for sure one of the best I have met."
Sporting directors are far more commonplace across the continent while a similar role is widespread across franchises in the United States, where teams typically operate with a general manager and a head coach.
Liverpool's American owners had previously appointed Damien Comolli in 2010 with the remit of overseeing transfer activity, though he left less than two years later with more misses than hits when it came to acquisitions.
Edwards has worked on Merseyside for the past five years and has the support of Klopp.
"The work with Michael was brilliant, full of faith, trust, all that you need," the German added.
"Transfers are always going the same way. The style maybe is different because it's possible whoever brings the player to the table, if it's me, my assistant, Michael, scouting department, we have a lot of things to watch and talk about, and in the end I will always have the final say, maybe that's the most important thing for you to know.
"If something is wrong, was wrong or will be wrong in the future with transfers it's my responsibility.
"With all the work we have to do until the players are here, you need really good people around. He is a really good person who did a lot of different jobs. It's absolutely natural, an easy decision to make.
"Only because it's in England it's a little bit bigger; all over the world football clubs work like this."