Liverpool set to hire Mark Burchill as chief scout in latest Bournemouth raid

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Liverpool are set to appoint Mark Burchill as the club’s new chief scout this summer, with the former Scotland international arriving alongside Richard Hughes.

It has been confirmed that Hughes will become the Reds’ new sporting director at the end of the season, with incoming CEO of Football Michael Edwards identifying him as a top target, as he comes in to replace the departed Jorg Schmadtke.

The former Portsmouth player has been highly thought of in his role at Bournemouth in recent years, signing Dominic Solanke from the Reds back in 2019, and he is seen as someone who can help play his part in making up for the enormous loss of Jurgen Klopp.

It looks as though Liverpool are far from done when it comes to raiding the Cherries, however, with journalist Fabrizio Romano taking to X to reveal the capture of chief scout Burchill:

“Mark Burchill will follow Richard Hughes to Liverpool. It’s all decided for Bournemouth chief scout to join LFC. It will be signed soon but agreement’s already in place. Edwards, Hughes and Burchill will be part of the new structure.”

Our thoughts on Liverpool appointing Burchill as chief scout…

FSG may have been divisive owners throughout their time at Liverpool, with praise and criticism warranted along the way, but they deserve real credit for the work they are doing behind the scenes currently.

Managing to persuade Edwards to come back to the club is a masterstroke, considering he has been described as a “genius” by former Reds CEO Peter Moore recently, and the hope is that he plays a massive role and appointing the new manager, with Xabi Alonso still standing out as the front-runner to come in at the end of the season.

The fact that Edwards has seemingly had a big say in getting both Hughes and Burchill can only bode well, too, and the pair working alongside each other at Bournemouth also means they should come in with a strong professional relationship in place already.

Seeing Klopp leave this summer is going to be heartbreaking for anyone of a Liverpool persuasion, but on the plus side, it does look as though FSG are preparing for life without him in impressive fashion.

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