It’s official, Michael Edwards is the Sporting Director of Liverpool Football Club. Bing. He’s only 37-years-old. Bang. And international football sensation, Jürgen Klopp, couldn’t be more excited about it. Boom.
“This decision is hugely positive for us,” said Klopp, “and it will make us better and stronger in managing the process for us of building and retaining playing talent at all age groups.
“Michael is absolutely the right person for this. He has the knowledge, expertise and personality to flourish in the role and I was delighted when he told me he would be accepting the position.
“Importantly, he also has a fantastic team of people around him, who have all played a significant role in putting together the talent we currently have in the first team, development squad and at even younger age levels.”
This is undoubtably the start of a new era of development at Liverpool. Jürgen Klopp has made no secret of his desire to work with a sporting director, having worked with someone in that role at both Mainz and Borussia Dortmund. The appointment of Michael Edwards is a move to kickstart a new age of bad-ass football. And, for Edwards, setting off on his maiden Sporting Director duties with the full confidence of the manager, was massive in choosing to accept the promotion.
“Jürgen’s belief and confidence in what we have done is also welcomed,” said Edwards, “and was a big factor in me making the decision to accept the position.
“It’s an exciting challenge to be tasked with the responsibility of reviewing our practices and then implementing positive changes as and when they are needed.
“I know I’ll be supported by a brilliant group of people while doing this.”
Positivity. Development. Belief. Personality. This one’s got everything. Up the bad-ass football.