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Michael Edwards’ planned departure from Liverpool in the summer of 2022 could upset the balance and have a major negative impact on the club, according to an expert.
Edwards took up his current position as sporting director in November 2016 after an exciting rise behind the scenes with the Reds. In fact, he originally moved to Anfield in 2011 as head of performance and analysis. He then became Director of Technical Performance in 2013, before working as Technical Director in 2016.
In his current role, however, he has been in control of the deals that have seen Liverpool become so successful under Jurgen Klopp.
Under his management, people like Mohamed Salah, Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk have all signed.
According to a report this week, however, Edwards resigns and continues at the end of the current season.
The report does not state the reason for that, but suggests he wants to end his time at Liverpool on a high note.
However, his exit leaves Liverpool with a big gap to fill. Julian Ward, Liverpool’s assistant sporting director, is expected to fill the shoes.
Noel Whelan, however, speaks to Football Insider, believes that Edwards’ departure will be marked.
“Edwards has done so well in the transfer market,” he said.
“He has been brilliant at bringing in players and selling players, so his losses would obviously be felt. He has basically built the team together with Jurgen Klopp.
“When you lose someone who knows the club externally, as he does, it can upset the balance. It is not easy to replace someone who has built that trust with the leader. It would definitely be a blow if he left. ”
In addition to bringing people like Alisson and Van Dijk to the club, Edwards has proven crucial in retain these players.
Duo, and Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold, have all signed new long-term contracts this summer. Meanwhile, Edwards played an important role in Klopp’s own extension in 2019.
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Edward’s efforts to move on with Karius fail
Edward’s main purpose with this transfer window was to move some of the deadlock at Anfield not near Liverpool’s first team.
Yes, he spent a great deal of time on the field exposing the ball to Loris Karius who was unmarked in the box.
Karius has been a Liverpool player since 2016, when they signed him from Mainz. He spent two seasons as their first-choice goalkeeper, but it ended in tears as his mistake led to them losing the Champions League final in 2018. He has not played for the club since.
Liverpool slowed him down to Besiktas for two seasons after the infamous accident before spending last season with Union Berlin. His return to his native Germany, however, was not very successful; he made only five appearances in all competitions.
Karius was thus back with Liverpool for training before the season, even though he did not play in any of their friendly matches.
With just one year left on his contract, this could have been Liverpool’s last chance to reduce their loss to Karius. As a result, will Daily Telegraph reported that the club spent the entire deadline day getting rid of him.
Outlet claimed that Karius might be paid to arrange an exit. Liverpool would not accept such terms, so he would have to be sent to the sidelines until 2022.
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