One of the greatest aspects of any professional football club today is how they handle transfers. Player transfers have become such an integral part of the game with clubs out to improve their squads by bringing in new players for positions that they need. Coupled with the increasing amount of money in the game today from TV rights and sponsorships, clubs are able to spend millions every transfer window if need be.
With this need to make transfers, comes the challenge of who actually gets to decide which players are signed by the club and which are released. One would expect this decision to be made by the clubs manager as he knows what he needs on the field but in the case of Liverpool, three years ago, a transfer committee was introduced to the club and this committee is the one that also has a say on who the club purchases. Now the finer details of how the the whole transfer policy at Liverpool works are not in the public domain but an interesting article was posted in the ECHO today (Friday) which gives us some insight.
David Prentice writes how journalist Tony Barrett revealed the players Brendan Rodgers has signed by himself and those players that the transfer committee has brought in.
The players said that have been signed by the transfer committee include Rickie Lambert, Mario Balotelli, Mamadou Sakho, Lazar Markovic, Alberto Moreno and Divock Origi. Whilst those signed by Rodgers are Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, James Milner, Adam Lallana and Christian Benteke.
There has been a lot of debate on whether this transfer committee setup is ideal or not. If one looks at the names said to have been brought in by the committee, you can see that there are players Brendan Rodgers does not have the most of confidence in.
Lambert has since left the club and Balotelli will be on his say out if a buyer is found. Sakho seems to now be playing second fiddle to Lovren (a player on the Brendan Rodgers list), Markovic has not really got going at all since he joined the club last summer, Moreno has now lost his place to young Joe Gomez and Origi has only arrived this season but will be behind Beneteke, Sturridge and Ings in the striking pecking order.