Liverpool president Tom Werner has admitted that the Reds were one of the heads of families who voted in favor of moving the closing date of the summer transfer window.

In the past two seasons, the Premier League has closed on the eve of the season.

But during Thursday’s shareholders’ meeting, the clubs voted to return in late August / early September which had previously been a staple.

A Premier League statement confirmed: “Premier League clubs have voted to adopt a change to the closing date of the summer transfer window for the 2020/21 season.

“This will bring the closing date back to the traditional point in late August / early September.”

Therefore, the summer transfer window will close on September 1st at 17:00.



The leaders of the Premier League have decided to be at a disadvantage

This brings back England’s best flight in line with its European counterparts.

The decision was made after club complaints – led by the so-called “Big Six” – that closed the window three months before the European rival put the English clubs at a disadvantage.

The “Big Six” are believed to have voted as a blockade to force change.

Now, the head of the Reds Werner has offered his explanation as to why the Reds voted for what they did.



Tom Werner, with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp



Liverpool chief Tom Werner

“We felt it was in the league’s best interest to be in tune with the other leagues and extend the window until the end of August,” said Werner.

“I understood the reason for (anticipating the deadline), but it put a lot of pressure on all of us to make decisions and gave an advantage to other leagues.

“So it’s nice to be consistent.”

Jurgen Klopp, in August, insisted that he liked to close it before the season, but only if the situation were the same throughout Europe.

“I don’t care when it closes, but it has to close at the same time. This was the idea in the first place.

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“They talked about finishing it before the start of the season, good idea, but only England did it. It doesn’t make sense.

“Can anyone explain what the advantages are for the Premier League? We don’t really have a problem, but for the other teams, their key players are still on the market and anything can happen.

“You want a team together and focused on the future, but this cannot happen when there is an open door. I don’t understand why this decision hasn’t already been reviewed. It was a good idea but it didn’t work. “

In Thursday’s two rounds of voting, the clubs opted for a “hybrid” model that would see a deadline for internal transfers before the season, and therefore a deadline for international agreements in line with their European counterparts.

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