By Alex Stevens
Liverpool are preparing to appoint Michael Edwards as the club’s transfer guru, according to a report.
The Liverpool Echo claim the 37-year-old will be promoted to the newly-created role of sporting director from his current position as technical director.
It is said the landmark recruitment decision by owners Fenway Sports Group has the full backing of manager Jurgen Klopp, who worked within the same structure at Borussia Dortmund.
The Echo report that Klopp has established a close working relationship with Edwards over the past 13 months and believes he is the perfect man for the job.
Edwards, who has been at Liverpool since November 2011, will be put in charge of all football operations and will be responsible for player recruitment at all levels of the club, including the first team and the Academy.
With chief executive Ian Ayre leaving Anfield at the end of the season, it said that that Edwards will take on full responsibility for transfer and contract negotiations with immediate effect. Klopp will continue to have the final say on all signings.
Fenway Sports Group have long since favoured the continental model of having a sporting director or a director of football working with a manager.
Klopp insisted he had “100% backing” from FSG last summer and he believes Edwards has both the knowledge and the expertise to help him ensure Liverpool build on their flying start to the season.
Edwards has never had a public profile at Liverpool but he has had a meteoric rise under FSG since he was brought to Anfield by Comolli in 2011.
Initially, he was head of analytics before he was promoted to the role of director of technical performance in June 2013 and was then made technical director in August 2015.
Edwards graduated from the University of Sheffield with a degree in business management and informatics before putting his IT knowledge to use in the world of football.
He was Portsmouth’s head of performance analysis from 2003 to 2009 before being headhunted by Tottenham.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the asking price for an in-demand Brazilian forward has risen to £68million.