Sunday 19 November 2017

'I have the final say' - Jurgen Klopp confirms he has final say in all Liverpool matters

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool side secured a 2-1 victory over West Brom on Saturday
Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool side secured a 2-1 victory over West Brom on Saturday

Liam Blackburn

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."

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