Football - Rodgers: I decide signings

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is adamant he will have the final say on signings.

PA Sport

Owners Fenway Sports Group had initially wanted the Reds boss to operate under a director of football but those plans were shelved in favour of a committee-style set-up.

That group includes Rodgers, head of recruitment Dave Fallows and chief scout Barry Hunter (both recruited from Manchester City in the autumn) as well as head of analysis Michael Edwards.

However, Rodgers insists while the job of the panel is to identify targets it is he who makes the final choice, although ultimately FSG's financial backing is the deciding factor.

That came to the fore in the summer when the Americans refused to sanction a deal for Fulham's Clint Dempsey as they believed he was over-priced for a then 29-year-old and he moved to Tottenham to leave Liverpool short of options up front.

"There is absolutely no way a player will come in here if I don't want him," Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo.

"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."

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