The names Andy Sayer and Kevin Hunt may not mean too much to a lot of fans but they become the latest pair of individuals to leave Manchester City and join an Anfield revolution.
Both will be part of the Liverpool scouting network from next season onwards, as Brendan Rodgers looks to give himself the best chance of picking up quality youngsters from all over the world.
They follow Dave Fallows and Barry Hunter, who only recently joined Liverpool, creating a worrying trend that City would do very well to pay a lot more attention to over the next couple of years.
Sayer is an expert in Dutch and Scandinavian football and is likely to be placed in the same area for Liverpool, that he was covering for Manchester City. Hunt has solid connections in Ireland from his days in the country as a professional player.
It’s all a very clever move by Liverpool to try and compensate for the weaknesses they have created for themselves through becoming one of the first clubs to make a serious effort to adhere to financial controls and break even each year.
Rodgers must have looked at the situation, realised the club is not going to be in any position to pay tens of millions for players in the near future, causing him to think up solutions around the problem.
One of the solutions is to create a stronger scouting network, which allows Liverpool to spot talent.
It’s not just talent from a very young age, this means they have a greater chance of picking up players at all levels of football.
A trial with Liverpool is always going to be a very appealing prospect for any youngster considering the size and significance of the football club and Liverpool now have key and experienced staff to watch older players over a long period.
Liverpool seem to be a step ahead because when the cost controls in football really bite and kick in, there are going to be a lot of teams starting to follow suit, hiring more scouts and looking for cheaper players.
There are very few clubs around the world who can cope by being able to spend a lot of money on players to improve their squad, placing less emphasis on scouting and finding the hidden gems.
Liverpool are not one of those clubs and this is further illustration of the recent Rodgers comments saying Liverpool were be going to make a lot of changes based on how Borussia Dortmund run their side in Germany.
Hats off to Liverpool I say and full credit to the manager and the team. Definitely keep an eye on any teenagers arriving at the club this summer.
Underhand tactic by Liverpool or clever?
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