Right now, Liverpool are not very good. They're 1-1-4 in their last six matches in all competitions, with Brendan Rodgers coming under fire for a variety of things related to team selection, the details of which change from person to person. Common to most criticisms of the club's form is concern over the performance of the summer's transfers: some have been poor, some have been average, and some can't even get significant minutes for reasons no one can quite figure out.
It's a line of questioning that leads back to Liverpool's transfer committee and, by extension, the club's scouting network. While the world was spending its time making heads or tails of Rodgers' team sheet versus Real Madrid, Liverpool quietly let slip that it had let go three of the club's scouts in Alan Harper, Mel Johnson, and Mike McGlynn.
Johnson was hired in April 2011 to head up scouting activities in the south of England, and Harper was also responsible for regional scouting in England. McGlynn held the title of Assistant Chief Scout, playing deputy to Barry Hunter who arrived in September 2012 with Dave Fallows from Manchester City. The ex-City scouts famously arrived after the close of the summer transfer window, but quickly saw Fallows become one of four members of the transfer committee as the head of recruitment.
"What we believe, and we continue to follow, is you need many people involved in the process," Ian Ayre explained last year about the function of the club's transfer committee. "That doesn’t mean somebody else is picking the team for Brendan but Brendan needs to set out with his team of people which positions we want to fill and what the key targets would be for that. He has a team of people that go out and do an inordinate amount of analysis work to establish who are the best players in that position."
Apparently the inordinate amount of analysis done by some members of the overall team was not up to snuff. The restructuring of the scouting department could be for a variety of reasons, although the fact that it's England-focused scouts who have been dismissed after a summer when the club's Premier League proven recruits have been struggling might give a moment for pause for many.