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Brendan Rodgers snipes at Liverpool's business model

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Rodgers comments on Liverpool's set-up
Rodgers comments on Liverpool's set-up

Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has questioned whether the Anfield club have a business model designed to win trophies or generate income.

Liverpool's hierarchy have come under fire in recent days over a rise in ticket prices that sparked a mass protest from supporters who walked out of Saturday's Premier League game against Sunderland before the final whistle.

The much discussed transfer committee in place at Liverpool has also come under scrutiny before and after Rodgers time at the club, with the perception that players are signed as investments for the future, that could be sold for a profit.

"The club needs to look at it and decide whether they want a business model or a winning model," Rodgers told beIN Sports.

"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.

"This is the way it is going, some clubs operate with the model of football being a business and they will want to do the best they possibly can.

"But it will always be about getting a young player in, improving them and having a sale and value that is greater when they got them.

"Other clubs will be in the market to just buy the top talents, irrespective of what age they are, in order to look to win. I think the best clubs must get the balance between both [models]."

The comments are bound to be seen as a snipe against Liverpool's current set-up, with the timing of the remarks unhelpful for Anfield chiefs at a time when fans are already uncertain about the club's direction.