There is no doubt that Jurgen Klopp and the Liverpool players deserve all the credit they have been getting on the back of coasting their way to the Premier League title.
The Reds have been nearly flawless this season, a far cry from the unorganised and arguably mentally weak team that Klopp took over when he arrived on Merseyside in 2015.
While the German certainly deserves a lot of the credit, one unsung hero of Liverpool’s transformation has been their sporting director, Michael Edwards.
Edwards, who worked as an analyst under Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth, followed the 73-year-old to Spurs back in 2008.
The Liverpool Echo reports that former Spurs director of football, Damien Comolli, headhunted Edwards to lead Liverpool’s new ‘Moneyball’ approach when he joined the Reds back in 2011.
The report claims that Daniel Levy was left furious when Edwards left the club with the chairman said to have held him in high esteem.
After having a somewhat of strained relationship with Brendan Rodgers, it is revealed that Edwards was appointed as the club’s sporting director in November 2016 after Klopp arrived.
Liverpool’s success in the transfer market from that point in time speaks for itself and perhaps Tottenham’s fortunes would have been different had Levy managed to keep hold of Edwards.
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Our record in the transfer market has been extremely mixed over the last decade or so, irrespective of whether we have had a director of football or not. I thought we also made a fair few howlers in the transfer market when we had Paul Mitchell, despite some hailing him as a messiah.
The most important thing now is to ensure that Jose Mourinho and the club’s transfer committee are singing off the same hymn sheet, which has been the case at Liverpool. I still believe that Luis Campos is the man the club are desperate to bring in.
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