A cloud hanging over Liverpool’s impressive unbeaten start to the campaign is the prospect of losing one of the pillars of the club’s resurgence, Michael Edwards, at the end of the season.
Where the 41-year-old sporting director might possibly end up after building a back office that has become the envy of Europe is anyone’s guess. However, if RB Leipzig are to be believed, Edwards won’t be working with the Red Bull-affiliated club anytime soon.
“Michael Edwards will not be our sporting director,” Goal’s Ronan Murphy quoted Leipzig CEO, Oliver Mintzlaff on Twitter as having said.
“The fact is that we are looking for a sporting director who fits the club, our philosophy and direction.”
Seeing as Edwards has been one of the chief architects in building an underachieving squad into a Champions League and Premier League-winning force, one would imagine an enterprising club should be striving to operate in Edwards’ philosophy and direction, but that’s neither here nor there.
Mintzlaff came out to shut down rumors linking Leipzig to the reclusive Liverpool exec that had surfaced in German publication SportBILD in recent days. The previous Red Bull sporting director, Markus Krösche left the job to move to Eintracht Frankfurt at the end of last season with his replacement yet to be named.
Reports in Germany about RB Leipzig wanting Michael Edwards as their new Sporting Director. Clear why they - and many, many other clubs around Europe - would want him but still not beyond the realms of possibility he signs a new contract to stay at Anfield— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) November 3, 2021
Whether Edwards renews his contract before it expires next summer or decides to take on a new project or leverage his sterling reputation in the game into chief executive role remains to be seen. However, Reds supporters will hope that FSG can convince a key piece in the club’s success to continue building a dynasty at Anfield.