According to transfer journalist Graeme Bailey, Liverpool could offer Michael Edwards his former sporting director role at the club, promising a much more hands-on approach to tempt him back to Merseyside.
Liverpool have had an outstanding season so far in all competitions but the joy of imperious form has been completely overshadowed by the announcement that Jurgen Klopp and his entire backroom staff including Jorg Schmadtke and Pep Lijnders will leave at the end of the season.
The revelation came as a total shock to the Anfield faithful as the German coach was expected to see out his extended contract until 2026, however, he has expressed a need to take a break from management and confirmed he will take at least a one year hiatus to re-energise after a hugely demanding nine years at Anfield.
Whilst the news shattered the hearts of many on Merseyside, there is now a huge task at hand to not only replace one of the finest managers that the club has ever seen, but to also replace an entire back-room set up.
The Reds have been unsettled in their sporting director role ever since Michael Edwards stepped down in 2022, his successor Julian Ward failed to last 12 months and interim appointment Jorg Schmadtke will not continue in the role.
Edwards is renowned for being the mastermind behind the massively successful and iconic starting eleven that was built at Anfield following the arrival of Klopp in 2015, and was instrumental in completing the signings of Alisson Becker, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah to name just a few.
Now it has been revealed by transfer expert Graeme Bailey that the club could be set to reunite with Edwards in 2024:
“As Liverpool look at options to replace Jorg Schmadtke, a return of Michael Edwards to Anfield has not been ruled out.”
Will Michael Edwards return to Liverpool?
There is no doubt that Edwards would be warmly welcomed back at Anfield by the Liverpool supporters following his huge success in building a squad of mentality monsters that have brought back success to the club.
However, it has been widely reported since his departure that Edwards is looking for a role that is different from his position on the red side of Merseyside, something again Liverpool could facilitate due to their shake-up behind the scenes.
There could be an opportunity for the talented transfer wizard to take on a much more hands-on job at the club by taking more ownership of the incomings and outgoings to develop another super squad that can compete at the highest level every season in the future.
With that being said, it will be interesting as to whether Liverpool will make an approach for Edwards to return, but it seems like a very unlikely venture especially if the role does not have a much broader spectrum of responsibilities.