What’s happening at Liverpool and is there any cause for concern after the shock resignations?

In recent years, we seem to have become accustomed to the idea that Liverpool is one of the most well-run and stable football clubs in the world. At “Anfield” gathered the right people who made intelligent and consistent decisions and pulled the “reds” forward.

But things began to change, and very quickly. The news that sporting director Julian Ward will leave his post at the end of the season further adds to the sense of uncertainty gripping the 19-time English champions.

Ward took over just five months ago after previously being an assistant to Michael Edwards, and has a full 2.5 years left on his contract, which he decided not to fulfil.

Surprise and disappointment – these are the words that journalists-insiders around the “Reds” most often use to describe the current situation at “Anfield”.

After all, just seven months ago and with a new four-year contract in his back pocket, Jurgen Klopp declared that Liverpool were “a club that is constantly moving in the right direction with a clear idea of ​​what we want to achieve and how we want to achieve it”.

Suddenly that clarity seemed to evaporate.

Liverpool are struggling on the pitch, and off it there are gaps that need to be filled and questions that need to be answered.

Ward’s departure added salt to the wound following the news that Mike Gordon, Liverpool’s second-largest shareholder and the man responsible for the day-to-day running of the club, is stepping down from his duties to lead Fenway Sports Group’s search for ” fresh investments”. In other words – the search for a buyer to absorb the most successful club in English football.

The loss is great as Gordon has been a key figure in the rise of the Reds over the last few years and was the strongest link between Boston and Merseyside.

It was he who persuaded Klopp to sign the new deal in April and backed the idea of ​​appointing a sporting director at Anfield in 2016. He also recruited Ward to replace Michael Edwards when it became clear the latter would be leaving at the end of last season.

It is said that it was Gordon’s withdrawal that led to the sporting director’s decision to leave his office as well.

The director had joined a football universe where decisions were made quickly and easily. In which communication was open and the owners, the manager and him in his role as sporting director were in perfect symbiosis in terms of their belief and commitment to the developed model for the development of the club. FSG may not be the perfect owners, but there’s no denying that they’ve always been consistent and provided maximum stability.

But now the club is on the counter and everyone associated with it – from Klopp to the last fan in the world – is in a state of stupor.

With Ward, the key thing to emphasize is that the decision is his own, and certainly a very difficult one.

He is aware that the timing of his departure will inevitably lead to speculation, but there have been no scandals, transfer or budget disputes at Anfield, and he has not received any mind-boggling job offers from elsewhere.

He leaves of his own free will and will continue to give his all for the club until the end of the campaign.

Klopp is said to have gone to great lengths to try and convince Ward to change his mind and stay, but to no avail.

And it is likely that the German will have to take on even greater responsibilities at the club, as the appointment of a new director is not on the agenda.

The manager has gained a lot of experience in this regard from working with both Edwards and Ward and this “collegiate-family” approach has allowed Liverpool to build an impeccable reputation.

The club bought and sold smartly and revised its player transfer strategy.

Now, however, important decisions have to be made again regarding the transfer policy and the renewal of the contracts of some important players. And many of the people who had to make the decisions in question are either no longer at the club or won’t be around much longer.

Even Ian Graham, the respected director of the research unit, is leaving the Reds.

He, like Ward, will leave at the end of the current campaign, having tendered his resignation earlier this month.

It remains to be seen whether his entire six-man expert team will follow suit, which would be a huge blow to the club.

Suddenly things have turned upside down and the moment at Anfield is critical, but the reassurance is that at least Klopp has re-signed and with his help everything will be in order again.


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