Jurgen Klopp next in line to take charge liverpoolThe player’s recruitment is set for next summer, sources have told ESPN, following the surprise departure of sporting director Julian Ward after less than six months in the job.
Ward was elevated to his role at the end of last season after Michael Edwards, credited with turning Liverpool’s recruitment policy into the best in Europe, stepped down to take a break from the game.
Sources have said that the 41-year-old Ward is stepping down due to personal reasons and will honor his six-month notice period and stay on till the end of the season.
But with Liverpool’s owners, Fenway Sports Group (FSG), now in the process of finding a buyer for the 19-time English champions, sources have said Ward is unlikely to be replaced by the owners. As such, the club will operate with a manager-led recruitment process until a new buyer is found.
This would mean that Klopp would have more say over Liverpool’s incoming and outgoing transfers. Klopp wanted the club to add a new midfielder during the summer transfer window amid concerns over the fitness of several players in that area of his squad.
and although the FSG approved the loan for juventus And Brazil On midfielder Arthur Melo transfer deadline day, the 26-year-old has made just one appearance – a 13-minute outing in the Champions League against napoli In September — due to a series of injury problems.
With Klopp earlier set to extend his contract until the end of the 2025-26 season, sources have said the former Borussia Dortmund The coach will be expected to ensure stability during FSG’s search for a buyer by overseeing the player recruitment department in the absence of the sporting director.