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Michael Edwards close to sealing sensational return to Liverpool

Former Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards is poised for a sensational return to the club, according to The Athletic.

Talks are progressing regarding a senior role overseeing the club’s football operations. This news comes amidst major changes at Liverpool following Jurgen Klopp’s decision to step down as manager at the end of the season.

Edwards initially rejected Liverpool’s advances, which included the possibility of a return as sporting director. 

However, negotiations have taken a new turn. Edwards is now poised to return in a broader capacity.

The appointment of Richard Hughes as Liverpool’s new sporting director appears contingent on Edwards’ arrival. 

Hughes recently confirmed his departure as Bournemouth’s technical director. He has been a long-term target for Fenway Sports Group (FSG).

Edwards admires Hughes’ work, including his appointment of Andoni Iraola as Bournemouth manager last season. They have been friends for around 20 years.

The specifics of Edwards’ role remain unclear, but it is understood that he has no interest in a traditional sporting director position. 

This new role with FSG would offer a wider reach, allowing him to oversee and empower sporting directors such as Hughes.

This move is in line with FSG’s recent expansion. They recently appointed Theo Epstein from the Boston Red Sox and announced internal promotions for Sam Kennedy and Billy Hogan.

A final decision is expected early next week. Edwards is still committed to his sports advisory firm, Ludonautics. It is unclear what he will do with the company. 

Edwards and Hughes, if they accept the Liverpool job, will be tasked with finding a new manager to succeed Klopp as he takes a one-year sabbatical from football.

Xabi Alonso and Ruben Amorim have been linked with the club, but it remains to be seen who the incoming directors will opt for.

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