Michael Edwards, Liverpool’s transfer chief, is set to go, with a replacement already in place.
Michael Edwards has always been admired by Liverpool fans for his work in the transfer market.
Michael Edwards is allegedly stepping down as Liverpool’s sporting director next summer, signaling a major upheaval behind the scenes. Edwards was promoted to his current position at Liverpool just over a year following Jurgen Klopp’s debut at Anfield in October 2015.
With Philippe Coutinho’s future uncertain at the moment, he was pushed into the deep end before coming to terms on a record £142 million contract with Barcelona.
The arrival of Virgil van Dijk marked the start of Edwards’ tenure as sporting director.
While the additions of Fabinho, Alisson, and Diogo Jota, among others, have been essential in Liverpool’s recent success, Edwards’ track record of making big profits from player sales has probably won him his place among Liverpool supporters.
Over the last few years, the club has recouped more than £250 million in player sales, allowing them to make the additions that they have.
The signing of Ibrahima Konate to address Liverpool’s centre-back difficulties from last season appears to have been paid by the sales of fringe players this summer.
Since Edwards became sporting director, Liverpool’s net spending has been modest at best when compared to other Premier League contenders.
When Edwards’ contract expires next summer, it appears that Liverpool will have to go in a different way.
Edwards has already notified Liverpool that he intends to depart when his current contract expires, according to The Athletic.
Although there is a possibility that he will reverse his decision, there is a ‘anticipation’ that he will leave.
Edwards’ decision to quit has nothing to do with the potential of joining another team, according to the article.
And Liverpool have already lined up a suitable replacement for Edwards’ impending exit.
Last December, Julian Ward was elevated to assistant sporting director, and he is believed to be ‘well liked.’
Ward is said to have already established himself as a “powerful force” behind the scenes.
Since starting his new job, he’s worked closely with Klopp and the recruitment team.
But Edwards, who helped organize Liverpool’s infamous “transfer committee,” will be a difficult act to follow.
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