Liverpool sporting director who oversaw the signing of Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz to leave the club

Liverpool sporting director Julian Ward will leave the club at the end of the season, just a few months after replacing Michael Edwards in the position.

Edwards is credited with building Jurgen Klopp’s team that has won Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup trophies in recent seasons. But he stepped away in the summer to take a break from football.

Edwards has not yet returned to football, although he has received offers from Chelsea and others.

Ward had already worked as Edwards’ deputy and was subsequently promoted. However, this will be Ward’s only season in the job, as he too plans to leave and take a break himself. 90min understands that he has no other job.

Ward has been with Liverpool for ten years in various roles and joined from Manchester City in 2012.

Even before Edwards formally left in May, the transfer of responsibilities was well underway and Ward was thought to have been instrumental in the signing of Luis Diaz from Porto in January and the arrival of Darwin Nunez from Benfica in the summer.

90min understands that Liverpool intend to appoint someone new to the club as his successor, rather than go for another internal promotion.

It further adds to the significant recent turmoil at Anfield. On-field results so far this season have fallen below the high levels of recent years, while owners FSG have also confirmed their intention to welcome new investment into the club or perhaps sell it altogether.

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