TIMES are changing at Anfield. As Liverpool gear up for a key date with West Ham, the man in the director's box will be the focus of just as much scrutiny as the man in the dugout[LNB]For Roy Hodgson, the pressing concern tomorrow will be securing three much-needed points against the Premier League's bottom club and finding a way of coping for the next four weeks without his inspirational captain.[LNB]Steven Gerrard, by common consensus, has been the Reds' player of the season so far but the hamstring injury he sustained playing for England on Wednesday evening means those who have found themselves on the periphery need to step forward.[LNB]In some ways, it will provide a glimpse into the future. There will be a time, after all, when Liverpool can no longer call upon the player who has been responsible for providing a catalogue of magic moments during his career.[LNB] The problem is, however, that Liverpool's well of talent does not run as deep as many would like it to, which is why the club's form has fluctuated so dramatically during a campaign that has been littered with many more troughs than peaks.[LNB]But that is where Damien Comolli comes in.[LNB]Liverpool's new director of football strategy will have just as big a role as Hodgson in shaping Anfield's destiny but his appointment has triggered just as many questions as answers.[LNB]Comolli, for example, went on record earlier this week to say Hodgson will have the final word on all those players who end up being brought in but will that be the case? Across Europe, men in Comolli's position are all powerful in the transfer market.