Liverpool’s sporting director ended all speculation over his future with an open letter to the fans and he could still give the club a parting gift with deals to sign Jeremy Doku and Jude Bellingham.
He wrote to the fans: “With the new training ground complete, many of the core players committed to the club through long-term contracts and some of the hard work translated into trophies, as I said at the start: it’s time for me to move on.”
While the club should and will not fall apart without Edwards, his ingenuity in negotiations will be a miss regardless of how good his successor is.
The sporting director helped oversee bargain deals for the likes of Andrew Robertson, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and he also helped secure marquee moves for Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk.
Of course, it must not be forgotten that Jurgen Klopp’s excellence helped the likes of Salah go from exciting players with untapped potential to the best in the world, while winning the Champions League and the Premier League.
Hopefully, Edwards can help Liverpool sign a couple more players before his time at the club comes to an end, and it would be fitting if he brought both Jeremy Doku and Jude Bellingham for the club.
Doku has been a target for Liverpool for a few years despite the fact that he is still only 19. The Reds tried to sign him when he was just 16 and he even visited Melwood and met first-team players like Mane and Gini Wijnaldum.
Signing Doku would give Jurgen Klopp the immediate impact from the bench that this Liverpool side needs, while also serving as the heir to Mane.
Jude Bellingham will be a much bigger task for Edwards and he would need significant funds to be allocated by FSG, which is the only reason it’s an improbable deal even if it’s possible.
Sport1 suggest it would cost £100m to sign Bellingham but if he could get that deal done, there is a genuine chance that Edwards could hand Liverpool a £138.1m parting gift before he leaves this summer.