19 Jan Klopp: I’m in charge of Liverpool transfers
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has reiterated his insistence he is in charge of transfers after predecessor Brendan Rodgers claimed players were forced upon him.
In an interview on Sunday Rodgers cited the example of Mario Balotelli, currently on loan at AC Milan after a poor debut season at Anfield, as a situation where he had no control over signings.
“He wasn’t someone I felt was suited or fitted the profile of what we were after but the ownership thought this is a £50million player that they can bring in for £16million. When the owners want you to go down that route and there are no other options, you give it a go,” he said.
Liverpool’s transfer committee, made up of the manager, members of the scouting department and senior management, has come in for much criticism after a raft of mediocre signings.
Klopp admits there are certain parameters within which he must work but was unequivocal on who has the final word.
“If I say, for example, we take Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is 35, and we would have to pay £100million then maybe I should ask before I sign him,” he said.
“But it is as it is when I said on the first day I came here; it is like I used to work.
“Sometimes my staff and myself have an idea with a player we know or heard about and we collect some information about this.
“If I don’t want the player to come here he will not come and if the player I want does not fit our budget then he will not come too. That is absolutely normal.”