Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers warned the Reds they must choose between running a business or winning matches while discussing the controversial transfer committee the club's owners used while he was in charge.
Talking to beIN Sports (h/t Daily Mirror's John Cross), Rodgers said he didn't have a problem working with the committee, but he does believe the club should take a good look at it nonetheless:
Well I think it is probably a little difficult at the moment. I didn't have any problem working under one [a transfer committee].
The club needs to look at it and decide whether they want a business model or a winning model. A winning model would mean trying to get the best possible players that you can, at whatever age they are, it doesn't matter.
Some clubs will go into work and have that in mind. Others will think it is about buying a player, developing and improving them and then selling them on for a much greater fee, as opposed to getting the best possible player, irrelevant of his age, in order to win.
Per the report, new manager Jurgen Klopp claims he has final say on which players the club buys, as opposed to Rodgers, who had to work within the confines of the committee.
During his spell at Anfield, the Reds mainly invested in young players with potential, who failed to contribute much early in their Liverpool careers. The likes of Alberto Moreno didn't have the desired immediate impact, and stars like Lazar Markovic were quickly sent on loan in an effort to boost their development.
The Reds did bring in proven Premier League talent like James Milner and Christian Benteke, but the former came to Anfield as a free agent and the latter has proved to be a poor fit for Klopp's philosophy based around pressure and movement. With the exception of Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino, there are few established stars with upside who seem to fit what Klopp wants to do.
Liverpool didn't make too many major signings during the January window, as they spent most of the window linked with Shakhtar Donetsk star Alex Teixeira, who ended up moving to China, per football writer Jake Humphrey.
As the Liverpool Echo's James Pearce shared, Klopp handled the situation with grace:
James Pearce @JamesPearceEcho
Klopp on Teixeira going to China: "If you are 26 and got an offer like he got then anyone would think about it. I have no problem with this"2016-2-5 14:00:52
In all likelihood, the Reds will eye the summer transfer window to upgrade the squad and provide Klopp with the players he wants―and needs―to reverse the club's fortunes. But with the Premier League seemingly becoming more competitive every year, Liverpool need star players to go along with their impressive young talent.
The transfer committee will have to adjust its vision and allow Klopp more freedom to pursue impact players or risk ending up in the same situation that saw Rodgers sacked: a squad filled with plenty of promise and too few players capable of making a difference in the present.