By Kevin Phillips

15th Nov, 2021 | 12:22pm

Liverpool left reeling by Edwards 'big blow' amid £534.3m reveal - Phillips

Michael Edwards imminent departure “is a big blow” to Liverpool, according to Kevin Phillips.

The ex-Sunderland and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the Reds sporting director “will be someone else’s gain”.

In a statement last Wednesday, the club announced Edwards would step down from his position at the end of the 2021-22 campaign.

As per Anfield Watch, Edwards oversaw £534.3million worth of spending on players during his time at the club.

He also helped the club recoup an incredible £415.25m from player sales.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the news, Phillips said: “It is a big blow.

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“Liverpool have lost an integral part of their behind the scenes operation that has been very successful.

“The key thing, is he being replaced by someone of equal quality? Liverpool will always attract big names but you still need someone clever in that position.

“It is a big blow for Liverpool that will be someone else’s gain. I have seen Edwards being linked with Newcastle and Real Madrid. He is very highly sought-after and so he should be.

“It is a blow but these things happen in football. The club have to adapt the best that they can.”

Julian Ward will be promoted to sporting director ahead of next season.

According to The Athletic‘s James Pearce (10th November), Edwards has played a key role in identifying his successor.

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