Published: Mon, November 07, 2016
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Klopp says buck stops with him as Liverpool name sporting director

Klopp says buck stops with him as Liverpool name sporting director

The German's involvement in recruitment will remain apparent at the beginning and end of deals: deciding which areas of his team needs improving, then having the final say on who is bought and who is sold as well. In this business, the manager cannot, should not, and is not allowed to be a one-man show.

But the former Peterborough apprentice, who began working as an analyst with Portsmouth in 2003, is more than just a "number cruncher", adds the paper, saying his "football background" has helped him build a "better rapport with players than most people in such roles". It's absolutely natural, an easy decision to make.

He will now play a part in player identification, acquisitions, sales and retention, but Klopp said ultimate responsibility for transfers would continue to rest with the manager. Transfers go the same way in the end.

"Maybe Man United have it from January on - at the moment it's maybe not the most positive thing and then from January on it's very positive not being in Europe any more?" "The time was really busy". All these guys I have - and especially the English guys - are thinking the whole day about football and how they can improve. We had game after game, and with injuries.

"As a manager you are not too happy when you don't have players in January but I'm not the person to say anything about the Africa Cup of Nations".

Jurgen Klopp has dropped a massive hint that he'll enter the transfer market in January to cover the upcoming absence of ' electric' attacker Sadio Mane. And from yesterday on, it's already a positive story because the surgery was positive, and rehab started already.

But while City were plotting Barcelona's downfall and the Gunners were venturing out to Bulgaria and back, Liverpool's players were still being put through their paces at home by Klopp as he looks to ensure their early-season form is not frittered away.

"It's not negative; it's not a nice story of course, it's the complete opposite, but it's an important story", the manager said at Melwood. Everyone who knows Ingsy likes him.

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