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4th Nov, 2016 | 11:32am

Why criticism of key Liverpool figure is a thing of the past under Klopp

COMMENT By Emma Sanders

Liverpool have shown progression off the field and there has been very little criticism towards the transfer committee since Jurgen Klopp took over.

Owners Fenway Sports Group have always been keen on the idea of having a sporting director or director of football but were discouraged by Brendan Rodgers following Damien Comolli’s departure in 2012.

The transfer committee was developed but there were constant public discussions on the way signings were being made, how contracts were agreed upon and why Rodgers was unhappy with certain decisions.

In the thick of this was current chief executive, Ian Ayre, and it shows how far the club have come under Klopp that Ayre was named the Premier League CEO of the Year at the recent Football Business awards in London.

The news of his accolade came shortly after it was revealed that Michael Edwards is set to be appointed the new sporting director, according to the Liverpool Echo.

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The 37 year-old is expected to work closely with Klopp on football operations and will be responsible for the first team as well as the academy.

Edwards joined the club in 2011 and has already been working with the German manager for 13 months in his role as technical director.

Ayre is set to step down this summer, with Edwards taking up an increased role of responsibility but the natural progression demonstrates the lack of discontent since Klopp took over.

Liverpool are currently level on points at the top of the Premier League table with Arsenal and Manchester City and Klopp has been shortlisted for FIFA’s Manager of the Year award.

In other Liverpool news, this midfield star celebrated a goal scored against Manchester United on Twitter.