'Feels like a shock': Jamie Carragher worried after hearing news coming out of Liverpool today
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'Feels like a shock': Jamie Carragher worried after hearing news coming out of Liverpool today

Jamie Carragher has been shocked by the news that Julian Ward is to leave Liverpool as sporting director.

The news came out this afternoon that Ward will leave his post at the end of the season, after just one year in the job. And reacting to the unexpected update during an interview with Sky Sports, Carragher suggested Liverpool need to fill the role as soon as they can.

“It feels like a shock and it is a worry for Liverpool right now. There seems to be a lot of upheaval behind the scenes in terms of the ownership, Michael Edwards has moved on, Julian Ward came in to replace him and now he’s gone as well,” said the pundit. “I don’t think it’ll be easy to get someone straight away and if it is unexpected for Liverpool, they’re not prepared for that right now.

“In terms of having a sporting director at a club, I think there’s a huge recruitment team, so I don’t think it’s just one man. Julian Ward will have been the head of a team, so there’s a lot of people in the background doing a great job, speaking to players, speaking to agents, speaking to the manager.

“But it does need that figurehead at the top of the organisation. I think they’ll want to do that as quickly as possible. But it’s important to get the right man, not to get someone in and rush a decision that is vitally important and pivotal to the future of Liverpool Football Club.”

Liverpool given chance to start again

What a day of news for Liverpool. After the Ward bombshell, The Athletic then reported that head of research, Dr Ian Graham, will also leave at the season’s end.

Quite where all this has come from, and if it’s linked to the ongoing takeover situation, is anyone’s guess.

But one thing is for sure: this was not a planned decision.

Goal have reported that Liverpool made ‘significant efforts’ to persuade Ward to stay on in his role. For whatever reason though, the sporting director is set to walk away from a dream job. There is surely more going on than meets the eye, and it really is a worry.

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However, perhaps this can be a new dawn for Liverpool. Losing Ward in itself maybe isn’t a huge blow. The 40-year-old is inexperienced and unproven on the highest level.

There’s every chance that Liverpool can fill the open position with one of the top operators from around Europe.

Either way, along with the takeover, it should be seen as an opportunity to rip up a playbook that has gone a little stale.

Big changes are coming at Anfield. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

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