Michael Edwards is set to vacate his role as sporting director this summer but a man who works closely with him, Julian Ward, could be in line to replace him
Liverpool could be waving goodbye to Michael Edwards in the summer but his assistant, Julian Ward, could be the man to fill the void.
Ward was recently appointed to the new role of assistant sporting director.
Prior to that he had been the club’s loan pathways and football partnerships manager for five years, but his promotion was recognition of his impressive work.
According to the Athletic Michael Edwards and Mike Gordon, the Fenway Sports Group president, have been hugely impressed with how Ward has developed relationships with staff, players, agents and rival clubs.
He currently works closely with Edwards so it seems logical that Ward would step in if Liverpool cannot convince their sporting director to stay.
Ward has assisted Edwards in several transfers and contracts at academy level and could now be tasked with first team responsibilities.
He has also played a leading role in utilising the loan market, which has allowed the club’s young players like Harvey Wilson develop and grow in value.
Klopp spoke highly of Ward’s work back in October, saying: “If you have to go on loan, the best thing that can happen to you is that you have a contract with Liverpool because then Jules is looking after you.
“Jules is doing an incredible job and that’s very helpful for us and for the players as well.”
Ward has an extensive network of contacts and he will continue building on those with another promotion potentially in the pipeline.
He would have big shoes to fill with Edwards’ work crucial to Liverpool’s recent success under Jurgen Klopp.
The sporting director has excellently utilised the transfer market without spending millions.
Liverpool’s triumphs, which include the Premier League and Champions League, have been achieved with an impressive net spend.
Huge fees have been achieved for the likes of Philippe Coutinho which have allowed Klopp to reinvest in star players like Virgil van Dijk and Alisson.
Edwards was also hugely influential in Liverpool’s move to their new training ground in Kirby.
He said on the state-of-the-art facility: “I think it’s a proud moment for a lot of the staff. Many different people have worked on this project and I hope this building will serve the staff and players of Liverpool for the next 50 years and beyond.
“Melwood was such an iconic place and hopefully Kirkby will become the same.”