Losing Michael Edwards will be a big step into the unknown for Liverpool. He has laid the blueprint for success – The Athletic

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in August, and has been updated after the confirmation of Edwards’ departure

Chairman Tom Werner was basking in the glory of Liverpool’s Premier League title triumph when the conversation turned to the contribution of their sporting director.

“Michael Edwards operates under the radar but his role in our success cannot be underestimated,” Werner told The Athletic.

“He has been pivotal. He has worked tirelessly to create this incredible environment. It’s not simply about going out and finding the highest-priced target. It’s about developing our talent and making long-term arrangements with them so there’s consistency year after year.”

The esteem in which Edwards is held by the owners, Fenway Sports Group, after a decade of service to Liverpool could not be higher. He is a shrewd executive who has helped turn their dreams into reality. He has made their self-sustaining business model work — despite the fact that rivals have much greater financial resources.

That is why Edwards leaving Liverpool when his contract expires in the summer of 2022 is a bitter pill to swallow.

The Athletic revealed in August that Edwards was expected to step down at the end of the season, and this was formally announced today by Liverpool. At the time, senior club sources insisted the owners had not given up hope of persuading him to stay.

It was also announced by Liverpool that Julian Ward would be promoted to sporting director.

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