Friday 19 January 2018

Rodgers: I'll fight board over policy

Chris Bascombe

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits he is engaged in a "healthy disagreement" with his board over the merits of the club's transfer policy as he pursues more experienced signings.

Anfield appears to be in the grip of a philosophical debate about what constitutes value for money in the transfer market.

Steven Gerrard openly queried a policy which is focused on buying players in their early 20s, prompting managing director Ian Ayre to clarify that this approach is not "set in stone" if the right deal for an older player is possible.

Rodgers says his side lack experience, but insists he has to "earn his right" to ensure his view on how the club's resources are allocated is the defining one.

"The owners have been brilliant for me. They have given me some money to spend and we have brought in young players," he said.

"There is no doubt that they want to look at young players, those who can develop over the next seven to 10 years. But I think it is healthy not to agree.

"I have got to where I have at such a young age by not saying yes all the time. I have always known what I have wanted. I don't expect anything at this stage. I have got to earn my right.

"It is going to take time, but I will certainly always say what I feel is right for the team. We will disagree and we have disagreed before.

"If you ask any manager, they will always look for a young player that they can develop. But there are certain times when you need that experience." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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