Jurgen Klopp aside, Michael Edwards may well be the most important man at Liverpool Football Club.
The sporting director has worked closely with the manager and owners to recruit some of the best talent in world football, helping to reestablish Liverpool as one of the best sides in Europe.
His stats-based style of recruitment has drawn attention and looks of admiration from the majority of the continent. It is the model that should be followed in order to give teams the best chance of success.
That is why it is absolutely vital that he is not a casualty of the ‘FSG Out’ movement that is growing faster than ever.
The announcement of the European Super League has seen a split between fans and owners that may not be repaired.
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Despite John Henry’s apology on Wednesday morning, many have had enough of the American group.
Edwards should not suffer from FSG mistakes
It is important to remember what Henry and FSG have done for Liverpool.
They saved them from the Hicks and Gillet regime. They made numerous smart decisions which propelled the club to where it is today.
Their Moneyball-style sport philosophy has been a revelation.
Their ability to identify Edwards and Jurgen Klopp as the men to lead Liverpool forward from an on-pitch standpoint simply must be commended as well.
However, rising ticket prices, Project Big Picture and furloughing staff during a pandemic grew dissent. The lack of ambition to spend top dollar at certain stages also saw them criticised.
The European Super League was the final straw for fans that felt the club no longer represented their best interests.
They could be forgiven for misunderstanding the fans once or twice, but not on this scale.
It will be best for all parties if they move on. But it is vital that their sporting model is not forgotten.
Essentially, Liverpool need new owners who will continue this model but, with more money and a better ability to understand supporters, who are the backbone of the club.
Michael Edwards is the man to ensure the transition goes smoothly.
Others may have signed Julian Brandt over Mohamed Salah. Settled for less than Virgil van Dijk. Ignored the ability of Sadio Mane.
Not Edwards. In simple terms, he is a genius at what he does.
Even after Jurgen Klopp leaves Liverpool, Edwards can be trusted to find the right successor.
There are no two ways about it. Edwards must be kept in his current role to guarantee future success for Liverpool FC.