Edwards’ contract at Anfield expires subsequent summer time, and reviews on Monday urged he had already knowledgeable the Reds of his need to depart
Liverpool insist they’re relaxed about the way forward for sporting director Michael Edwards, amid reviews he might go away the membership on the finish of the season.
Edwards’ contract at Anfield expires subsequent summer time, and a report in The Athletic on Monday urged he had already knowledgeable the Reds of his need to depart.
Membership sources nevertheless insist that isn’t the case and that negotiations stay ongoing, with Liverpool keen to steer the 42-year-old to stay on Merseyside past 2022.
What’s Edwards’ back-story at Liverpool?
Edwards was delivered to Liverpool in 2011 by Damien Comolli, the membership’s former director of soccer. He had labored with Comolli beforehand at Tottenham, having initially moved into soccer as a efficiency analyst at Portsmouth.
In November 2016, lengthy after Comolli had departed the membership, Edwards was promoted to the newly-created position of sporting director at Liverpool, a transfer that was welcomed by membership proprietor Mike Gordon in addition to supervisor Jurgen Klopp.
Since then, Liverpool have developed into one of many world’s premier membership sides, successful the Champions League in 2019, the Premier League a 12 months later and the UEFA Tremendous Cup and FIFA Membership World Cup in between.
Edwards and his crew have taken loads of credit score for that growth, with signings resembling Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Alisson Becker, Gini Wijnaldum and Fabinho proving essential.
Edwards was additionally closely concerned within the buy of Roberto Firmino again in 2015.
Who would change Edwards if he was to depart?
Liverpool, it needs to be famous, have already begun succession planning in that division, with the promotion of Julian Ward to assistant sporting director final 12 months.
Ward was previously the membership’s head of mortgage pathways and soccer partnerships – a task now held by David Woodfine – and is extremely regarded each inside and outdoors the membership.
He would seem the apparent candidate to step up ought to Edwards go away, though membership insiders insist that’s removed from a minimize and dried scenario at current.