Reds boss will have final say on Liverpool’s signings.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has made it clear that the club will sign players of his choice in this summer’s transfer window, according to the Liverpool Echo.
The former Swansea boss was initially expected to work under a European-style director of football at Anfield, but rejected this system in a favour of more control, such is the traditional style in the Enlgish game.
It is thought that, despite Rodgers’ best efforts to bring in Clint Dempsey from Fulham last summer, the club overruled him as they felt he was not value for money due to his age. Dempsey eventually joined Tottenham, and has aided them in the fight for a Champions League spot this season, while Liverpool sit in seventh place.
However, Rodgers has moved to put such rumours to bed, saying that he is in charge of transfers, and will have the final say on any deals going in and out of the club this summer.
“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.
“Abroad it works differently where you have a coach and the club will bring in the players. The coach then works with the players he’s given.
“A lot has been made of it but the fact is the process that happens here is no different to what happens at other English clubs.”
Rodgers will look to build on a successful January transfer window, when he brought in Daniel Sturridge and Coutinho, both of whom have looked like good pieces of business for the Reds. However, they may face a battle to keep star player Luis Suarez after the Uruguayan has had a stand-out season for the club, attracting interest from the likes of Juventus and Manchester City.