Liverpool CONFIRM Jorg Schmadtke as the club’s new sporting director

Liverpool CONFIRM Jorg Schmadtke as the club’s new sporting director… with the German set to take over from Julian Ward, who will bid farewell this summer after more than a decade at the club

Liverpool have confirmed Jorg Schmadtke as the club’s new sporting director. 

The former goalkeeper has been brought in to replace Julian Ward, the current incumbent, who stated his intention to step down from the role last November. 

Mail Sport reported earlier this month how the Reds were closing in on a deal to bring in the former German goalkeeper and it has now been confirmed.

Liverpool have released a statement saying the 59-year-old German will begin his new role on June 1, subject to the successful completion of work permit formalities. 

Liverpool are hoping Schmadtke – who retired from professional football in 1998 having played almost 300 Bundesliga games – will help them in the transfer window.

Jorg Schmadtke is set to be appointed as Liverpool’s new sporting director this week

Fenway Sports Group president Mike Gordon said: ‘Firstly, I would like to welcome Jorg to Liverpool Football Club in the knowledge that he will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience into a role in which such qualities can only be beneficial both to him and us.

‘Jorg will work with our football operations department as it continues to provide support for Jürgen Klopp, in keeping with our ongoing endeavour to keep growing and developing the club in all areas.

‘At the same time as we welcome Jorg, we must also bid a fond farewell to Julian Ward, who has served us with unstinting diligence, fortitude and energy in a number of roles, the most recent one being sporting director.

‘We wish Julian and his young family the very best for the future and thank him for everything he has done for Liverpool FC during the past 11 years.’

More to follow…