Report: What senior figures at Liverpool are now saying about the January transfer window after Ward resigns
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Report: What senior figures at Liverpool are now saying about the January transfer window after Ward resigns

Liverpool aren’t expecting Julian Ward’s resignation as sporting director to affect their January transfer plans.

Ward sent shockwaves around the club yesterday, after deciding to step down from his position. After it was confirmed that the 41-year-old will stay in his role until the end of the season, question marks were raised over Liverpool’s winter window.

However, according to The Athletic, senior figures at Anfield have no such worries over business in the New Year. Instead, it’s claimed that the expectation is ‘business as usual.’

Additionally, Ward’s departure reportedly won’t alter Liverpool’s plans for next summer, either.

As well as ‘confidence in the operations team around him,’ the Reds are also said to be putting faith in Ward’s ‘professional integrity.’

Liverpool expecting business as usual, but must make top four

This should be good news for Liverpool. Over the years, their recruitment has been done with almost mechanical efficiency. Now that a spanner has been thrown into the works, hopefully that won’t be derailed.

But the truth is, that even if it doesn’t directly affect Liverpool’s plans, it might do indirectly.

Transfer plans that have been put in place for January or for next summer are not yet set in stone. Players may look at the recent turmoil at Liverpool and now decide it isn’t the place for them.

Where there was once clear focus and leadership in recruitment, now there is anything but.

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Thankfully, the presence of a certain Jurgen Klopp should balance that out. Players joining Liverpool aren’t coming because they love their sustainable business model, they’re coming for footballing reasons.

Chief among those is the chance to work with the Liverpool manager. It’s why the Reds always have a chance with just about any player on the planet.

If money were no object, it wouldn’t take much convincing for even the best players to join the club.

Unfortunately, money is very much the object for Liverpool. What may significantly alter their transfer plans is a failure to finish in the Premier League’s top four. Should that happen, it won’t matter who is or isn’t the sporting director. Top targets will go elsewhere.

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