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Michael Edwards returns to Liverpool to oversee post-Klopp era and potential FSG expansion

Former Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards has rejoined the club in a newly created role as Chief Executive Officer of Football for Fenway Sports Group (FSG). 

The Englishman returns amid transition for the Reds, with Edwards tasked with reshaping the club’s football operations post-Jurgen Klopp and overseeing FSG’s potential acquisition of another team.

Edwards masterminded Liverpool’s recent golden era but left the club in 2022. The Merseysiders have been trying to bring him back, but he rejected an approach for the sporting director role in January. 

However, this broader, more strategic role – encompassing both on-field success and FSG’s global ambitions – has enticed him.

His immediate priorities include appointing a new sporting director, with Richard Hughes of Bournemouth heavily tipped for the role. 

The pair have been friends for years and have a professional admiration for each other. They will be tasked with replacing Klopp. 

Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso has the German club on the verge of their first Bundesliga title and is the front-runner for the managerial vacancy. Other options include Ruben Amorim and Roberto De Zerbi.

“The desire and persistence FSG showed was humbling,” Edwards remarked (via a press statement). “Returning required fresh challenges.

“The commitment to acquire an additional club was a major factor. To stay competitive, we need to invest and expand the football portfolio.”

This move reflects FSG’s faith in Edwards, who left in 2022 after setting the club on a path to trophies with shrewd recruitment.

He reportedly spurned advances from Manchester United and Chelsea, opting instead for a consultancy role at Ludonautics. He’ll formally step down to join FSG on June 1.

FSG President Mike Gordon hailed Edwards’ return. He labelled him one of the most formidable executive talents in world football. 

This reunion promises a fascinating new chapter at Anfield, with Edwards shaping Liverpool’s future while potentially adding another club to FSG’s growing football empire.

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