Liverpool transfers: Brendan Rodgers insists he’ll have final say on signings

Liverpool transfers: Brendan Rodgers insists he will have the final say on all potential signings in the summer window

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Brendan Rodgers took over at Anfield last May Photo: Back Page Images

Brendan Rodgers insists he will have the final say on all of Liverpool’s transfer dealings this summer.

The 40-year-old has spent almost £50m since replacing Kenny Dalglish at the Anfield helm in 2012, earning praise for the success of his January signings Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge.

In April, Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre revealed the Reds have a team of analysts who assess the club’s potential targets and highlight the best options.

However, Rodgers was keen to emphasise that Liverpool will not make any signings without his consent – and insisted he is heavily involved in the recruitment process at the Merseyside outfit.

“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.

“We have a number of people, scouting staff and analysts, who will look for targets who fit the profile of the players that we want.

“Then I will sit down with those guys, look at those targets and make a shortlist from that.

“All that work that goes on is of great help to me. We identify players, gather all the information we possibly can and then if they’re right for what we need it comes down to whether they are affordable and available.

“I know the club will go and do the best it can to get the players we want. But it’s very clear that anyone we sign will be because I want him here.”

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