Jurgen Klopp could front a new recruitment strategy at Liverpool, according to reports. It appears change is on its way.
This comes from the Liverpool Echo. They claim that Liverpool could undergo a significant shift in their transfer strategy after Julian Ward announced his intention to step down.
The sporting director only officially took over the role in the summer but will take a break from football after this season. That creates a lot of confusion at the club as it wasn’t a decision Liverpool saw coming.
That’s in stark contrast to Michael Edwards last year. This, in many ways, is a much bigger blow as there’s no succession plan in place.
Liverpool will almost certainly need to try something new and the Echo explains that they could do just that. One person who almost certainly takes a key role is Jurgen Klopp.
Klopp has always had the final say on transfers but not necessarily on who Liverpool pursue. That changed in the summer, however, as it was the German who insisted on Darwin Nunez when others were unsure about him.
The fact that Liverpool struck what is potentially a club-record fee for the Uruguayan shows the power he has. Now he’s to play a pivotal role in setting up the new recruitment team.
Jurgen Klopp could head recruitment team
This would mean placing an enormous amount of faith in the manager. It’s difficult to argue against it, though, especially as Klopp is contracted until 2026.
FSG also have the club up for sale, or at least seek investment. Whatever Liverpool setup could change radically with any new owners, then, so putting Klopp at the forefront seems relatively low risk.
Nunez’s success so far weighs heavily in his favour, too. As far as we see it, giving Klopp the reigns is the sensible option here. It could mean, as the Echo explains, a departure from Liverpool’s strict attention to funds on deals. The days of net-spend talk could soon disappear.