Klopp will con­tinue to have fi­nal say on Liver­pool trans­fers

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LONDON:

Liver­pool man­ager Juer­gen Klopp wel­comed the ap­point­ment of Michael Ed­wards as the club’s sport­ing di­rec­tor yes­ter­day, but said he would still have fi­nal say on trans­fers.

The 37-year-old Ed­wards, who joined Liver­pool from Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur in 2011, was pro­moted to the newly cre­ated role hav­ing pre­vi­ously served as head of an­a­lyt­ics, di­rec­tor of tech­ni­cal per­for­mance and tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor.

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.

“We will work like we did in the past,” the German told a news con­fer­ence ahead of Sun­day’s visit of Wat­ford in the Pre­mier League.

“From my point of view it’s the nat­u­ral thing. Trans­fers are go­ing al­ways the same way.

“Who­ever brings the player, if it’s me or my as­sis­tant, then we have a lot of things to watch, to talk about and in the end I have the fi­nal say. That’s the most im­por­tant thing for you to know.”

Klopp in­sisted that striker Danny Ings had a fu­ture at the club de­spite his lat­est in­jury set­back. The 24-year-old, who missed most of last sea­son with a rup­tured cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment, is out for the rest of this cam­paign with an­other se­ri­ous knee in­jury.

“The only prob­lem Danny Ings has had was he had a re­ally bad in­jury and he needed time to come back in shape. The last two weeks ev­ery­body could see ‘okay, now he is back’ and then this hap­pened,” Klopp said.

“That’s not nice, but it’s part of football. And from yes­ter­day on, it’s al­ready a pos­i­tive story be­cause the surgery was pos­i­tive, and re­hab started al­ready. Danny will be back and will be a Liver­pool player 100 per­cent.”

Klopp re­vealed that Emre Can and Ge­orginio Wi­j­nal­dum had been sent home from train­ing af­ter pick­ing up a bug, but he will have James Mil­ner back in the squad for the visit of sev­enth-placed Wat­ford, who are un­beaten in four league games.

“Wat­ford have changed man­ager, sys­tem and play­ers,” he added, prais­ing Wal­ter Maz­zarri’s im­pact since tak­ing over.

“They have con­ceded zero goals in their last three games. We’ll fig­ure out what we have to do. It’s An­field, and (we need) a pos­i­tive re­sult before the in­ter­na­tional break.”

Liver­pool are third in the stand­ings, level on points with lead­ers Manch­ester City and sec­ond-placed Ar­se­nal. — Reuters

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