Clubs all over Europe are paying a massive compliment to Liverpool with their reported interest in Michael Edwards. The sporting director leaves Anfield this summer.
Liverpool parted ways with sporting director Michael Edwards this summer. It is, in many ways, the most significant behind-the-scenes departure in some time. Edwards had been at Anfield for a decade, playing a key role in the sporting side of things for most of that.
He headed up the transfer committee, managing scouts and negotiations, and made sure that Liverpool did the right deals to improve on the pitch. The success is very easy to see – the Reds didn’t really put a foot wrong while Edwards was in the role.
And so it should be no real surprise that clubs all over Europe want a piece of that. Per Sky Sports, Chelsea are readying an approach to Edwards, while both Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain have been in touch.
The Daily Mail also made the Chelsea claim yesterday while putting Manchester United in the mix. Essentially, some of the biggest clubs in the game want Edwards after what he’s done at Liverpool.
And that’s nothing but a massive compliment to the Reds.
Interest in Michael Edwards grows
As we wrote when he announced his departure, Liverpool’s success is far from just down to Edwards. He’s played a big part, of course, but none of it works without the right talent identification and, more importantly, the right coaching.
Those clubs know that, of course, but it doesn’t change that they’d simply like a piece of what’s going on at Liverpool. If they can get Edwards, they will, even if it’s not a complete repeat of what’s happening on Merseyside – that’s how successful the Reds have been in a footballing sense.
That’s how we’re taking it, anyway. This is the biggest clubs on the planet all wanting to recreate just some of Liverpool’s success. We’re not sure there’s been a similar compliment to the club in 30 years.
But once again, this would only be part of it. Liverpool still have their elite system in place post-Edwards. While clubs can try and replicate part of it – and Edwards would be a great addition to any club – each still has a long way to go before they’re on Liverpool’s level.