It could be all change at Anfield come the start of next season amid reports that Michael Edwards has asked to leave the club.
Formerly at Tottenham between November 2009 and October 2011 as the club’s head of performance analysis, the 42-year-old has developed quite the reputation in the game after revolutionising Liverpool in his role as sporting director.
Appointed in the position in November 2016 after previously holding a number of different positions at the Merseyside club, The Athletic claim that Edwards has informed Liverpool that his intention is to move at the end of the 2021/22 campaign.
It may be a departure away from the pitch at Anfield but an exit for Edwards would be huge given the integral part he’s played towards Liverpool’s recent success.
Many clubs have looked on with envious eyes over the past few years with Liverpool triumphing under Jurgen Klopp in both the Premier League and Champions League after a long wait without major silverware.
Edwards has been key to their on-field success, clinching transfer deals for players such as Virgil van Dijk, Alisson Becker, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane that have helped the club hit the next level after their previous struggles.
Not only helping the club make key signings after previously spending big money on players such as Andy Carroll and Lazar Markovic only for them to subsequently flop, Edwards has also developed a reputation of being one of the very best in negotiating deals.
Receiving an initial fee of £19million for Dominic Solanke and also managing to persuade Sheffield United to part with £23.5m on Rhian Brewster despite the striker not even making a Premier League appearance for the Reds, Edwards has brought in huge sums of money by selling fringe players which in turn has helped Klopp strengthen his first team.
The club’s transfer policy since Edwards took on his current role has been nothing short of remarkable and it has left a number of rival clubs very jealous indeed.
Edwards’ success in Liverpool, as well as Tottenham’s struggles in the transfer market, had seen Spurs fans call on Daniel Levy to revert to the structure having previously used Damien Comolli, Franco Baldini, Frank Arnesen and David Pleat in sporting director roles.
Well, the chairman made a key change at the top of the club in June with Fabio Paratici confirmed as the club’s new managing director of football following his Juventus exit.
Working his magic in the transfer market in his 11 years in Turin and helping the Bianconeri win title after title, Levy and Tottenham made their move to lure the Italian to N17 in a key summer for the club after two very disappointing seasons.
Despite confirmation in June that the new man would start his job from July 1, the 49-year-old was putting in the hard work behind the scenes long before his official start date as Spurs looked to bring in a replacement for Jose Mourinho and also make big changes to their playing squad.
Daniel Levy pointed to Paratici’s “outstanding track record in assembling competitive squads” immediately after his confirmation in the role in June, with the 49-year-old so far making key changes at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in his bid to revolutionise the club.
Mauricio Pochettino previously pointed to a “painful” rebuild that needed to happen at Tottenham but he never got the chance to do so after his November 2019 exit, with Paratici now doing exactly that for new boss Nuno Espirito Santo as he bids to guide Spurs back into the Champions League.
Long-serving players such as Erik Lamela, Moussa Sissoko and Toby Alderweireld have moved on, while Serge Aurier could be added to that list providing that he seals a move away before Tuesday’s 11pm transfer deadline.
Paratici is clearly not done just yet in the transfer market and the hope is that a few more additions can be tied up to add to the signings of Pierluigi Gollini, Cristian Romero, Bryan Gil and Pape Matar Sarr.
As well as having an eye on the here and now as Spurs look to get back to challenging at the top, the Italian is also building for the future with his four summer arrivals all still very young and capable of playing for the club for years to come.
A workaholic who is always putting in the hours at Hotspur Way and never off his mobile phone in his attempt to try and improve Spurs, Paratici did admit immediately after his arrival that he wants to “build something new and something better in the next years” at Tottenham.
Time will tell if that is indeed the case but the early signs are very promising indeed, especially with Tottenham winning all three of their opening Premier League games and topping the table going into the first international break of the season.
Key to that continuing will be tying down key players to new contracts and also Paratici’s ability to move on fringe players for high fees, thus enabling the club to have a bit more money in the transfer market to help take the team up another level or two.
Paratici has plenty more still to do at Tottenham in terms of the squad but the club appear to be on the right track once again.
Edwards has come in for plenty of praise for his work at Anfield over the past five years but Levy’s decision to hire Paratici could be a masterstroke that results in Tottenham following in Liverpool’s footsteps and tasting plenty of success in the process.
It could be the chairman’s most important signing at Tottenham yet.
Source by Football London