Liverpool have a transfer committee which executes every transfer business of the club. The committee comprises of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, chief scout Dave Fallows, scout Barry Hunter, board member Ian Ayre and Mike Gordon and director of technical performance Michael Edwards.
The complicated process of the transfer dealings has brought a lot of criticism earlier also. Times journalist Tony Barrett has named five signings Rodgers definitely wanted, and four ‘committee targets’ which the gaffer did not want that much.
The five Rodgers’ signings are- Nathaniel Clyne (£12m), Adam Lallana (£25m), James Milner (Free), Dejan Lovren (£20m), Christian Benteke (£32.5m)
The four “transfer committee” are- Mamadou Sakho (£18m), Lazar Markovic (£20m), Alberto Moreno (£12m), Divock Origi (£10m)
It is very much clear that the Northern Irish manager gives more support and backing to his own signings and all of his five signings started against Stoke City in the opening game of the season and neither of the four “Committee” signings played a single minute.
Another thing is that, all of Rodgers’ signings are from Premier League.
Another important thing is that, Rodgers spent almost £90m on five players among whom only two have played in Champions League prior to joining Liverpool. One is Lovren who played for Lyon and another is Milner, who was a free transfer.
Comparitively, Sakho is a starter for France national team which has defenders like Varane, Koscielny and many more. But interestingly, Sakho was dropped for Lovren who had a poor first season at Liverpool.
Alberto Moreno is a Europa League winner with Sevilla and he was dropped for 18 year old Joe Gomez who is not even a predominat left back.
Lazar Markovic joined Liverpool from Benfica last season after having a season to remember and featuring in the Europa League Team of the Year. But the Serbian international was not given a fair amount of chance at Liverpool in his favoured position and was mostly used as a wing back.
Barrett’s news and Rodgers’ early team selections does give an indication as to which players we can expect to start more games this term.
Liverpool fans will hope that the side is solely selected on merit, regardless of which party pushed an arrival.
It’s vital that Rodgers’ team selections aren’t based on proving himself right and the committee wrong, and only on winning matches.