Belfast Telegraph

Jurgen Klopp happy to work with Liverpool's transfer committee

New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has dismissed suggestions he cannot work with the club's transfer committee.

The existing set-up, implemented by owners Fenway Sports Group to ensure some sort of continuity with signings, was a constant frustration for predecessor Brendan Rodgers.

However Klopp, used to a similar structure at former club Borussia Dortmund, has no such issues.

"It is a really crazy discussion I heard about," he said when asked about the criticism the transfer committee - comprising the manager, chief executive Ian Ayre, FSG president Mike Gordon, director of scouting Dave Fallows, chief scout Barry Hunter and director of technical performance Michael Edwards.

"It was not a problem for 10 seconds. We talked about it, of course, but I am not an idiot.

"For me it is enough to have the first and the last word, the middle we can discuss everything.

"We only want to discuss about very good players, it is discussing on the highest level.

"I am not a genius. I don't know more than the rest of the world.

"I need the other people to get the perfect information and when we have this we will sign the player or sell a player.

"It is really easy to handle this."

Klopp revealed he first began to think about the prospect of being Liverpool manager when he visited Anfield for the first time in a pre-season friendly in 2014.

Asked about whether that trip had put the idea in his head, he said: "Yes. Of course. I am not a dreamer in this way but I am a football romantic.

"I love the stories, the histories. Anfield is one of the best places in the football world and it was my first time at Anfield and I came in and thought about how it would be [to be manager].

"Now I am here. I am a really lucky guy."


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