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Former Aberdeen Head of Recruitment Bolsters Liverpool Scouting Department

Russ Richardson specializes in lower league scouting

Liverpool ground staff attempting to clear snow from the pitch to enable the PL2 game at AXA Training Centre on January 23, 2021 in Kirkby, England. Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Liverpool have made an addition to their strong scouting team by adding former Aberdeen Head of Recruitment Russ Richardson to their department, the Echo has reported. Richardson was a free agent due to leaving Aberdeen in May, shortly after manager Derek McInnes left the club.

Both Richardson and McInnes worked together at Bristol City for a time. RIchardson was the chief scout at Bristol City before leaving for the Aberdeen position, where in spent eight years in Scotland. During his time at Aberdeen, Richardson primarily scouted in England, looking for obscure lower league talent that the club could recruit for low fees and turn for a profit. According to Ian Doyle’s reporting, Richard was the architect behind a move that saw former Everton’s academy prospect Sam Cosgrove get snatched up for a measly £35,000 from Carlisle United. Cosgrove would go on to score 47 goals in 103 games before moving to Birmingham City for £2million in 2021.

Richardson will work under Liverpool’s head of scouting and recruitment Dave Fallows and Barry Hunter, the club’s chief scout.