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Friday 30 September 2016

Klopp: I'm happy with Liverpool transfer policy

Reds manager says 'democratic' structure working fine at Anfield

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: PA Wire
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: PA Wire

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is happy with the way the club's 'democratic' transfer policy is structured.

The German is used to working with a sporting director from his time at Mainz and Borussia Dortmund as the model is common in his homeland.

Liverpool's much-criticised transfer committee, a source of frustration for former boss Brendan Rodgers, has been re-evaluated and revamped since Klopp's arrival with the 49-year-old having the final say on all deals.

But that does not mean Klopp is against an all-round approach to sourcing and securing targets.

"Improvement can come in all kinds of life and in all parts of life and it's based on experience," he said.

"So I don't think it makes sense that you give one person the whole power, that's why we have democracy and no other kind of political leadership.

"Hopefully it stays like this and because we learned that it makes sense that you put all your skills together and in the end you try to find the best decision.

"I don't know how it works in other clubs but in this squad it's not one player.

"It's all about the situation in the club and the squad and it's about money.

"We all have a budget - (that is) how it is and that's how I like it and that's how I'm used to working. So it's a lot of work to find a solution at the end.

"And yeah when I put my thumb up - and I only can do this when the financial things are agreed - and the player joins us or leaves us that's how it is."

The future of Mamadou Sakho has been up for debate since Klopp sent the defender home from Liverpool's pre-season tour of the United States because of poor timekeeping.

The Reds did not comment on the reasons for Sakho's departure from California on Tuesday. However, Klopp revealed on Wednesday he took action after the 26-year-old was late three times.

Quoted in several newspapers, Klopp said: "He missed the departure of the plane, he missed a session and then was late for a meal.

"I have to build a group here, I have to start anew, so I thought it maybe made sense that he flew home to Liverpool and after eight days, when we come back, we can talk about it."

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