Mauricio Pochettino has highlighted how Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola are “free to decide which players they want,” and it shows a stark contrast with Spurs.
But Pochettino also addressed the role chairman Daniel Levy has in rubber-stamping arrivals and departures, saying the decision is “not in his hands” unlike his counterparts at Liverpool and Man City.
Spurs are expected to make their first additions in a year-and-a-half with Jack Clarke and Tanguy Ndombele among their targets, after Pochettino was left to stick with the same squad for 2018/19.
But while Pochettino’s assessment of the structure of the different clubs at the top end of the Premier League is accurate, to suggest Klopp has final say over all transfers is too vague.
Perhaps unlike Spurs, where signings may be recommended by the manager but effectively ordained by the boardroom, the Reds operate with a collegiate approach.
Klopp is joined by the likes of sporting director Michael Edwards, head of recruitment David Fallows, chief scout Barry Hunter, FSG president Mike Gordon and an analytics team fronted by director of research Ian Graham.
Much like Pochettino, Klopp certainly has an influence in identifying targets, but he can in turn be persuaded by those around him.
A clear example of this came with the pursuit of Julian Brandt in 2017, with the manager eventually turned onto Mohamed Salah instead of his countryman.
Seventy-one goals and 29 assists in 104 games later, this is a decision which has clearly paid dividends.
It would appear that other clubs are far behind them, with another not mentioned by Pochettino, Man United, advertising for a new recruitment analyst and first-team scouts in Spain and France this summer.
The job description for the latter is “to identify world-class and emerging talent for the club, ensuring a talent pipeline and a world-class first-team squad.”
Whether this suggests United were largely signing players based off the recommendation of agents is unclear, but it would be remarkable if that is the case.
Liverpool themselves are set to oversee a quiet summer, with Klopp and those around him at the club happy with the shape of the squad after a period of significant investment.
Sepp van den Berg has been brought in from PEC Zwolle for an initial £1.3 million, with the Dutchman set to supplement the first team.