Jurgen Klopp’s “power is increasing” in transfer decisions, claims journalist – Liverpool FC
With Liverpool’s recruitment structure in upheaval as Julian Ward departs, one journalist has claimed that Jurgen Klopp‘s “power is increasing.”
The club remain in the process of appointing a new sporting director ahead of Ward’s imminent exit, which comes at a time of major rebuilding of the squad.
At least four senior players are on their way out, including Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlainwhile Liverpool are expected to sign three new midfielders.
Further additions could come at centre-back and in the goalkeeping ranks, while more surprises cannot be ruled out at this stage as the Reds face a season without Champions League football.
It is not the ideal time for the man in charge of transfers to be leaving, but that is the situation Liverpool have been dealt with.
According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, speaking to NBC SportsKlopp’s “power is increasing” when it comes to transfer decisions.
That, in the period between Ward’s departure and his successor’s arrival, will be alongside the likes of head of recruitment Dave Fallows, chief scout Barry Hunter and Fenway Sports Group president Mike Gordon.
There has long been a sense that Klopp’s influence has held more sway in the boardroom in recent transfer windows, which has been a concern.
The manager is said to have pushed hard for the signing of Darwin Nunezfor example, while assistants Pippin Liners and Vitor Matos have been consulted for deals over the likes of Luis Diaz and Cody Gakpo.
While those signings are likely to shape Liverpool’s attack for years to come, other decisions have been more of a worry.
One of those, as touched upon by Sky Sports‘ Melissa Reddy last week, was Klopp’s personal intervention during talks over a new contract for Jordan Henderson in 2021.
Henderson was courting interest from Atletico Madrid and PSG with two years left on his previous deal, before putting pen to paper on an extension to 2025.
Reddy claims that figures within the club’s recruitment staff had flagged concerns that the squad was “veering away from the ‘right football age’.”
The captain’s output is now waning, but Liverpool have committed to improved terms until beyond his 35th birthday – one of a number of questionable calls ahead of this summer’s midfield revamp.
This growth in power seems to extend beyond personnel, too, after plans for a pre-season tour in the United States were nixed.
It would be wrong to question Klopp’s eye for a player, but it should be pointed out that, for example, before the club signed Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salahhis preferred targets were Mario Gotze and Julian Brandt.
A marriage between the confident analytics of Ward’s predecessor, Michael Edwards, and Klopp’s own judgment appeared to be the perfect fit for Liverpool.
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