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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.

LIVERPOOL manager Brendan Rodgers is adamant he will have the final say on signings.

Owners Fenway Sports Group had initially wanted the Reds boss to operate under a director of football but those plans were shelved in favour of a committee-style set-up.

It includes Rodgers, head of recruitment Dave Fallows, chief scout Barry Hunter (both recruited from Manchester City in the autumn) and head of analysis Michael Edwards.

However, Rodgers insists while the job of the panel is to identify targets it is he who makes the final choice, although ultimately FSG's financial backing is the deciding factor.

That came to the fore in the summer when the Americans refused to sanction a deal for Fulham's Clint Dempsey as they believed he was over-priced for a then 29-year-old and he moved to Tottenham to leave Liverpool short of options up front.

"There is absolutely no way a player will come in here if I don't want him," Rodgers said.

"I will always be the first person it comes to. That's not being arrogant, that's how we operate here and how it works in this country.

"We have a number of people, scouting staff and analysts, who will look for targets who fit the profile of the players that we want.

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"We identify players, gather all the information we possibly can and then if they're right for what we need it comes down to whether they are affordable and available.

"I know the club will go and do the best it can to get the players we want.

"But it's very clear that anyone we sign will be because I want him here."

Liverpool are to show appreciation to Everton for their long-standing support of the Hillsborough justice campaign at Sunday's Merseyside derby. Fans in the Kop will hold up 12,390 cards to spell out the word 'Thanks'.

"I want to take the opportunity to thank (chairman) Bill Kenwright and Everton fans for their continued support for the families and victims of the Hillsborough disaster," Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre said.


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