Former Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards ‘REJECTS the chance to return to Anfield and lead a widespread restructure’ – with the Reds suffering an early blow as they prepare for life after Jurgen Klopp

  • Michael Edwards stepped away from his senior role at Liverpool back in 2022 
  • Mail Sport revealed the overhaul at Anfield may be a chance to lure him back 
  • How do you replace a giant like Jurgen Klopp? It’s the end of an era… Mo Salah will move on, will they lose Virgil van Djik, too? It’s All Kicking Off 

Former Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards has turned down the chance to return the club and lead their expected overhaul, according to reports.

Edwards departed his role at Anfield in 2022 after a successful 11-year stint fronting their recruitment operation and has since formed a data consultancy company.

A wide-sweeping restructure is imminent at the club after the shock revelation that Jurgen Klopp and his coaching staff will step away at the end of the season. 

Sporting director Jorg Schmadtke’s short tenure will also come to an end when the current transfer window closes, sparking an immediate hunt for his successor.

However, Liverpool are said to have been dealt a substantial blow as they prepare for a new era, with Edwards rejecting the opportunity to make a Merseyside comeback.

Former Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards has reportedly declined an Anfield return

Jurgen Klopp and his staff will leave at the end of the season, sparking a looming restructure

Jurgen Klopp and his staff will leave at the end of the season, sparking a looming restructure

That is according to Fabrizio Romano, who has also claimed that Edwards is not interested in a senior role despite contact being made over the weekend.

Fenway Sports Group, the owners of the club, are said to have invited Edwards to lead the changes over the summer – with a number of key positions set to be vacant. 

Mail Sport revealed yesterday that a growing theory at Anfield is that the reset would prove an ideal opportunity to tempt Edwards back into a new position.

Edwards, seen as the brains behind the Reds’ recruitment, heads up Ludonautics, the firm he founded with Liverpool’s former director of research Ian Graham. 

The company are working with a Premier League side and have formed an alliance with Bolton Wanderers, and it appears Edwards has proved difficult to prise away.

Indeed, it is understood that Edwards is not interested in returning to a club sporting director role, though Liverpool were well placed to offer a broader position instead.

Edwards was responsible for luring Mohamed Salah (left) and Virgil van Dijk (right) to the club

Edwards was responsible for luring Mohamed Salah (left) and Virgil van Dijk (right) to the club

Current Reds sporting director Jorg Schmadtke will leave at the end of the January window

Current Reds sporting director Jorg Schmadtke will leave at the end of the January window

Edwards (left, alongside Jurgen Klopp) was seen as the brains behind the club's recruitment

Edwards (left, alongside Jurgen Klopp) was seen as the brains behind the club’s recruitment

In October, The Athletic reported that Edwards had rejected a number of approaches from other clubs, with Chelsea and Manchester United both linked.

Writing in an open letter to explain his decision to leave Liverpool, Edwards said: ‘I had always planned to cap my time at the club to a maximum of 10 years.

‘I’ve loved working here, but I am a big believer in change. I think it’s good for the individual and, in a work setting, good for the employer too.

‘Over my time here we have changed so many things (hopefully for the better) but someone new brings a different perspective, new ideas and can hopefully build on (or change) the things that have been put in place beforehand.

‘That’s how I believe businesses/football clubs stay ahead; you need to evolve and at the heart of this kind of process is always people.

‘That evolution has always been central to Liverpool’s history and I hope that this is one thing that doesn’t change.’



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