Liverpool news: Michael Edwards agrees return as post-Jurgen Klopp overhaul takes shape | Football | Sport

Liverpool have agreed a deal to welcome back their former sporting director, Michael Edwards, as part of a major restructure at Anfield. The 44-year-old will spearhead the Reds’ football operations in a prominent role with owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG), as the club prepare for manager Jurgen Klopp’s departure in the summer.

The Merseyside outfit are gearing up for a daunting period of transition, with long-serving manager Klopp announcing back in January that he will be vacating his post at the end of the season.

Edwards is poised to play a major role in taking the club forward, two years after stepping down as sporting director and several weeks after turning down an initial approach from the owners. According to The Times, one final pitch involving FSG chiefs John W Henry and Mike Gordon turned the tide.

An agreement between Edwards and the Reds was reportedly reached on Monday, and one of his first courses of action is expected to be the appointment of Richard Hughes as sporting director.

Hughes officially left Bournemouth last week, where he held the role of technical director, and he will report to Edwards as part of his anticipated new venture at Anfield.

Edwards was a man in demand during his two years away from Liverpool, during which he worked as a consultant for statistical analysis firm Ludonautics. Chelsea are believed to have offered him the role of Football CEO, which he turned down.

With one eye on the summer, Edwards will play a prominent role in the appointment of Klopp’s successor. Bayer Leverkusen boss Xabi Alonso is the leading candidate due to his exceptional record in Germany and history with Liverpool as a player.

Sporting manager Ruben Amorim, Brighton head coach Roberto De Zerbi and Germany boss Julian Nagelsmann are also believed to be on the Reds’ radar.

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