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Liverpool confirm sporting director Michael Edwards WILL leave the club at the end of the season

Liverpool confirm sporting director Michael Edwards WILL leave the club this summer after failing to convince him to stay… with Jurgen Klopp’s transfer guru to be replaced by his assistant Julian Ward

  • Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards will leave the club next summer
  • Edwards is regarded as one of the best negotiators in the transfers business 
  • RB Leipzig had registered their interest but Liverpool wanted him to stay put 
  • However, there is absolutely no chance of Edwards joining Newcastle next 
  • Julian Ward, who is rated highly by Jurgen Klopp, will take over from Edwards 


Michael Edwards, Liverpool’s influential sporting director, will leave his post at the end of the season after the club conceded he will not sign a new contract.

Edwards, who worked at Portsmouth and Tottenham before moving to Anfield in November 2011, will be succeeded by his assistant Julian Ward and Liverpool have taken steps to ensure this will be a smooth transition.

Ward is highly-regarded within Anfield, particularly by manager Jurgen Klopp, and had been lined up to one day follow Edwards since he was promoted from his position as loan and pathways manager last December.

Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards (left, pictured with Jurgen Klopp and FSG’s president Mike Gordon) will leave Anfield next summer

Edwards will be succeeded by his assistant Julian Ward, who was promoted from his position as loan and pathways manager last December

Edwards will be succeeded by his assistant Julian Ward, who was promoted from his position as loan and pathways manager last December

Edwards, the renowned transfer guru, is one of the finest negotiators in the football world

Edwards, the renowned transfer guru, is one of the finest negotiators in the football world

Born in Liverpool, Ward moved to the club from Manchester City in 2012 and was initially in charge of scouting in Spain and Portugal. He went on to play a key role in deciding which young players would be suited to which clubs when the time was right to let them go and gain experience.

There is no question, though, that the loss of Edwards is significant. He is regarded as one of the best negotiators in the business – the best evidence of his work is the £146million deal he brokered with Barcelona for the sale of Philippe Coutinho in January 2018 – and his departure will be keenly felt.

As late as last week, Liverpool were hopeful of persuading Edwards to sign a new contract and the effort to keep him was concerted and repeated. 

RB Leipzig had registered their interest in taking him but it was made clear that the idea of him extending his stay at Anfield was not out of the question.

Deep down, however, Edwards has felt the time has come for a change and he wanted to address the situation now in order to prevent continued speculation. He has been linked in recent days, for instance to Newcastle, but there is absolutely no chance of him moving to St James’ Park.

Edwards’ big Liverpool moves

INCOMINGS:

Mohamed Salah – £39m

Virgil van Dijk – £75m

Alisson Becker – £65m

Sadio Mane – £30m

Andy Robertson – £8m

Georginio Wijnaldum – £25m

OUTGOINGS:

Philippe Coutinho – £142m

Rhian Brewster – £23.5m

Danny Ings – £20m

Dominic Solanke – £19m

Mamadou Sakho – £18m

Danny Ward – £12.5m

There are no restrictions on Edwards joining one of Liverpool’s rivals, as he is leaving at the end of a contract expiring, but although he will have plenty of offers at home and abroad, the 41-year-old is in no hurry to make a decision.

He will continue to be involved in Liverpool’s recruitment process and negotiating contract renewals, the most pressing of which is Mohamed Salah, who has 19 months remaining on his current terms.

Liverpool recognise they will need to make the Egyptian the highest paid player in their history. 

Virgil van Dijk (left) and Mohamed Salah (right) are two of Edwards' most successful signings

Virgil van Dijk (left) and Mohamed Salah (right) are two of Edwards’ most successful signings

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