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The Daily Telegraph has questioned Liverpool's transfer policy following the weekend defeat to Hull City, suggesting that the club's approach is not yielding sufficient results.
Chris Bascombe notes that the Merseyside club finished nearly £10 million to agents over the last 12 months—the fourth highest in the Premier League—yet only Simon Mignolet of their acquisitions in that time can be considered guaranteed first team regulars.
Bascombe goes on to suggest that Liverpool's transfer committee, of which manager Brendan Rodgers is only one contributor, is not helping the club maximise its transfer dealings.
Despite the claims when he joined that he would engineer the club’s buying and selling activity, it has become evident that Rodgers is a member of the ‘transfer committee’ rather than its chairman.
Rodgers is working alongside rather than commanding the head of recruitment Dave Fallows, chief scout Barry Hunter, analyst Michael Edwards and managing director Ian Ayre. It has created an environment where supporters and reporters alike play a form of ‘transfer bingo’ following each new arrival. “Did the manager sign him or the committee?”
As Rodgers is part of the committee, Liverpool can always answer ‘both’ but it does create an impression the manager was required to compromise his immediate needs last summer for the long-term strategy.
Liverpool have bought Mignolet, Iago Aspas, Mamadou Sakho, Tiago Ilori and Luis Alberto in recent times, and also brought in Victor Moses on loan after failing to land either Henrikh Mkhitaryan or Willian.