Many Liverpool fans have been raving about the club’s sporting director Michael Edwards following reports of an impending deal for Loris Karius.
Turkish media outlet Fanatik reported yesterday that Besiktas, the club to whom the goalkeeper is currently on loan, are close to agreeing an €8m (£6.84m) move to sign him permanently, with the fee to be paid in four equal instalments over a four-year period.
Karius, who cost Liverpool £4.7m (The Independent) in 2016, was loaned out to the Istanbul-based club in summer 2018 following an error-strewn performance in that year’s Champions League final and mistakes in pre-season games against Tranmere and Borussia Dortmund.
Edwards has been Liverpool’s sporting director since November 2016, in which time they have extracted tremendous value from a few transfers.
Andrew Robertson was signed from Hull for £10m in 2017 (as per BBC) and the man described as the world’s best left-back by Phil Neville made the PFA Team of the Year in 2018/19, having claimed 13 assists last season and 22 in total during his time at Anfield.
In terms of outgoings, Liverpool have managed to extract £19m (BBC) from Bournemouth for Dominic Solanke, who scored one goal in 27 Reds appearances, and £20m (The Telegraph) from Southampton for Danny Ings, whose injury-ravaged Anfield career ended with four goals in 25 games.
These Liverpool fans hailed Edwards for what they perceive to be another astute transfer:
Wow €8m. Another Edwards masterclass👏👏
— stephen finn (@ScarFinn79) November 21, 2019
Made a profit 😭😭😭😭
Michael Edwards is the 🐐
— VI (@abxlxo13) November 21, 2019
They couldnt pay his wages last season. I think they even tried to cancel his loan. Edward has some how got 8m out of them & got karius to agree. Master class. Could have easily been a sit out your contract on different loans & go back to germany on a free.
— Jay (@jayisdaman) November 22, 2019
Edwards is kingpin
— Aditya Rane (@adiji) November 21, 2019
I swear Michael Edwards deserves a trophy from some transfers in and out he had accomplished so far
— Michael Leahey (@MichaelLeahey3) November 21, 2019
We still made a profit😭 Edwards needs an MBE😂😂😂
— AA (@Bhavithofficial) November 21, 2019
Name Anfield Road stand as Micheal Edwards stand now
— Vasan Chandira (@Vasan5476) November 22, 2019
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