Over the last year or two, everything at Liverpool has been about the connection between Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. The terrifying trio have been at the heart of everything good that’s happened at Anfield as of late, and if the Reds are to win the title this season, they’re sure to be at the centre of the achievement.
Partnerships are at the heart of any good team, though, and whilst Salah, Mane and Firmino take the headlines, it’s another pairing that has truly helped to push Liverpool in the right direction – and that’s Jurgen Klopp and Michael Edwards.
Michael Edwards, Liverpool’s Sporting Director, moved to Anfield in 2016, and according to the Liverpool Echo, Jurgen Klopp was a big fan of his appointment. His main role, as the Liverpool Echo has noted, is to identify and recruit talent – and it goes without saying that he’s done a magnificent job at exactly that.
With signings like Virgil van Dijk, Alisson, Sadio Mane and Mohammed Salah, there’s no doubting that Liverpool have been one of the most productive teams on the transfer front over the last few years. It’s not just the number of deals that they’ve made, though. It’s the fact that so many of them have done so well. You can count the number of transfer failures at Liverpool over the last few years on one hand – and the same can’t be said for many of the Reds’ rivals.
Where does Klopp come into the equation? Well, the German seems have an uncanny ability to get the best out of his players. Michael Edwards signs the talent, but Klopp is tasked with putting them to work, and he’s done so brilliantly. The two men appear to know exactly what the other wants – and that’s why their pairing has been so good. It was clear that Klopp needed a central defender last year – so Edwards identified Virgil van Dijk. It was a similar tale in the summer – when Alisson came in to replace Loris Karius.
Having a sporting director can be problematic. Often, players can be signed without the knowledge of a manager, and that leaves them struggling. Take someone like Danny Drinkwater at Chelsea, for example. Antonio Conte rarely used him; and it became clear quickly that he just wasn’t suited to the Italian – like he isn’t under Sarri, either.
There seems to just be a fantastic connection between Edwards and Klopp – and for Liverpool, it’s really paying off. If transfers could be compared in a league table – there’s no denying that the Reds would be on top.
On the field, Liverpool’s players are doing the business. However, behind the scenes, Klopp and Edwards are working their magic – and the results have been remarkable.
Liverpool fans – do you agree? Are Edwards and Klopp the main reason why the Reds have been so good? What does this mean long-term? Let us know below!
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