Liverpool reach full agreement to hire sporting director Jorg Schmadtke

By Wayne Veysey

11th May, 2023 | 6:30am

Jorg Schmadtke agrees Liverpool sporting director deal after Klopp intervention - sources

Jorg Schmadtke will soon be appointed the new Liverpool sporting director, sources have told Football Insider.

The 59-year-old German has reached a full agreement with the Reds and accepted a three-year contract offer.

Schmadtke is set to take the reins at Anfield and replace Julian Ward when the 2022-23 season ends, putting him in place to oversee the summer transfer window.

Schmadtke’s contract at Anfield will run concurrently with Jurgen Klopp’s deal, which is set to expire in 2026.

The Liverpool boss has been key to the appointment after pushing the club’s board to consider his countryman for the role.

Klopp has led Liverpool’s pursuit of a new sporting director after Ward opted to quit after just one season in the role.

Ward took over from the highly-rated Michael Edwards in 2022. Edwards spent six years at the club and was widely regarded as one of the best sporting directors in the business during an era when Liverpool were seen as the model of extracting maximum value from the market.

Schmadtke has a fine reputation as a sporting director in Germany after impressive spells at Hannover, Cologne and Wolfsburg.

Schmadtke spent five years at Wolfsburg before leaving the role in January of this year.

His availability pushed Liverpool to move quickly to appoint him, and the plan is for Schmadtke to oversee the club’s new-look recruitment team alongside long-serving chief scouts Dave Fallows and Barry Hunter.

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