Liverpool’s sporting director Michael Edwards has announced he will be leaving his current role at the end of the season after a decade of transfer success stories
Michael Edwards track record during his 10-year stint as Liverpool’s sporting director has been near exemplary.
During his decade at Anfield, the former Portsmouth analyst has overseen some of the biggest and best transfers in Premier League history.
Earlier this month it was confirmed that Edwards will leave his role at the end of the season, keen to explore new opportunities.
“Ten years, that’s a pretty long time in anyone’s working life,” he wrote in an open letter to fans. “But all good things must come to an end and, in my case, I recently completed my final summer window as Liverpool sporting director.
“Even writing those words seems a bit surreal, but at the end of this season I will pack up my laptop and leave my office for the last time.”
Often seen as the brains behind Liverpool’s staggeringly impressive transfer record, Edwards’ boots will be extremely difficult to fill.
In comparison to previous windows, his final summer was a fairly low-key one, with Ibrahima Konate the club’s only signing.
That surprised many after a season which saw the Reds fall short in their quest to win back-to-back Premier League titles.
But the summer of 2020 could prove to be Edwards’ big parting gift, where despite a net spend of less than £30million, Jurgen Klopp’s squad were boosted by a trio of high quality stars.
Diogo Jota was the big splash of that window, arriving from Wolves in a deal that could rise to £45million.
Thiago Alcantara was also brought to Merseyside in a deal which is looking increasingly more exciting, with the Spaniard now finally showing his best form following an injury ravaged first year in English football.
But it’s the £11.75m deal that saw Kostas Tsimikas sign from Olympiacos which could yet prove to be the shrewdest of them all.
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Going into the summer, Edwards and Klopp knew that a backup to first choice left-back Andy Robertson was a priority.
Robertson has proven to be one of Europe’s best in the position, but in order to build a dynasty of success, options behind the first XI are essential.
As is seen so often under Klopp, Tsimikas was made to wait for his chance. In his first term at Anfield, the Greek international made just seven appearances in all competitions.
This time around however, injuries to Roberston have meant his contribution has been significantly more meaningful. In Tsimikas’ eight starts, Liverpool have a record which reads ‘played 8, won 8, scored 21, conceded 0’.
It’s form that emphatically backs up Edwards’ decision to abandon a move for Bournemouth ’s Lloyd Kelly in order to sign Tsimikas.
Before signing the 25-year-old Kelly was closely monitored by Liverpool scouts before he joined Bournemouth in 2019.
The Reds are no strangers in biding their time to land a target, but it was reported Edwards’ shelved any plans to sign Kelly thanks to how the deal was handled.
Whatever the reason for Edwards’ transfer U-turn, it’s paying off handsomely and Klopp should now benefit well beyond the former’s departure next year.