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Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards is expected to step down from the club next summer, according to David Ornstein of The Athletic.
Edwards’ contract runs until the end of the current season and he is believed to have notified the Liverpool hierarchy of his intention to leave.
Ornstein added that the situation is not yet final and talks are underway to keep the popular sporting director at the club.
However, the expected outcome is that Edwards’ long-standing relationship with the club will end when his existing contract expires.
Julian Ward, who was promoted to assistant sporting director in December, is the man expected to replace Edwards if he leaves.
Edwards was hired by Harry Redknapp as Head of Performance Analysis at Portsmouth in 2003 and remained with the club for six years.
He played the same role for two years at Tottenham Hotspur under Redknapp and joined Liverpool in 2011.
Edwards has been Liverpool’s sporting director since November 2016 and has over a number of years formed a Premier League-winning squad alongside Jurgen Klopp and recruiting staff.
The former Peterborough United player signed Virgil Van Dijk, Mohamed Salah and Fabinho to the club, among others, making Klopp’s Liverpool one of the best teams in the world.
His sales were also impressive, as the Englishman has had a history of getting great deals for outgoing players in his time in the role.
Rhian Brewster moved to Sheffield United last summer for £24 million, while Dominic Solanke, who scored one goal for the club, was sold to Bournemouth for £20 million.
He oversaw the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for a staggering £142 million – a move that kick-started Liverpool’s evolution into one of the biggest clubs in the world.
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