The Week That Was – Friday 5th June

The Week That Was – Friday 5th June
June 5, 2015 Chris Rowland

By Chris Rowland and Daniel Rhodes.

W/c Monday June 1st  2015.

Welcome to our weekly round-up, a diary of news and events on the site, matters relating to LFC and the world of football generally.

The Week in Football – Liverpool FC:

Monday:

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner will fly into Merseyside on Tuesday to conduct the club’s end-of-season review. (Daily Express) 

Tuesday:

Today’s Daily Mirror says Brendan Rodgers will survive as Liverpool manager provided he accepts the American owners WON’T change their transfer policy, which involves a committee selecting targets.

It is believed Rodgers feels the club should adapt their philosophy in the transfer market.

He is understood to believe they should buy more older, ‘finished product’ players as well as young, promising talent to give his side better balance.

FSG are prepared to sanction his Bosman move for Manchester City’s 29-year-old England midfielder James Milner – which should be confirmed after the international break – but are reluctant to change tack completely.

That is a red line for FSG and Gordon – the most senior figure on the transfer committee – and Rodgers could jeopardise his position if he were to push the point.

FSG may think the 42-year-old Northern Irishman, who has just clocked up three years at Anfield after moving from Swansea City, no longer buys into their philosophy for running the club.

The canny Rodgers has proved to be very astute during his reign, and it seems highly unlikely and out of character that he would take on FSG over the issue.

His position is also safer now Jurgen Klopp has claimed he will take a sabbatical after leaving Borussia Dortmund this week, having previously told friends in Germany he was keen on the Liverpool gig.

It was later reported that “Rodgers is to stay as Liverpool manager following a meeting with the club’s co-owner Tom Werner.” Rodgers and Werner agreed on a “comprehensive plan” aimed at ensuring performances improve next season. (BBC Sport)

Meanwhile, Rodgers believes Jordon Ibe could not have established himself in the Liverpool first team without a hugely beneficial loan spell at Derby County. (LiverpoolFC.com)

“He just needed experience. For young players, people forget that when you’re playing in youth football and reserve football, you’re playing in front of not so many people,” Rodgers said.

“So to have to feel the pressure of going out to perform for a group of fans, we felt that was something he needed. But it was important for him not just to go to any club, he needed to go to the right club.

“When he went to Derby with Steve McClaren, they played a great level of football. Steve is a very experienced manager who has worked at all levels.

“He developed very, very well there. He certainly came back a young man and now the opportunity and responsibility is there for him to make the next step and become a regular.”

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