Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has paid tribute to sporting director Michael Edwards after the Reds were confirmed as Premier League winners. But the Fenway Sports Group chief has hinted at a conservative summer in the transfer market for the newly-crowned champions. Edwards took over the role, officially, as sporting director in November 2016 and has played a huge role in helping Jurgen Klopp assemble one of the best squads in world football over the past four years. Liverpool were confirmed as champions on Thursday night when their 23-point advantage became mathematically insurmountable for second-place Manchester City after they were beaten by Chelsea. It marked the Reds’ first league title since 1990 and while Klopp and his players will take the bulk of the credit, the work of Edwards in the transfer market has bee instrumental. Read More
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Alongside head of recruitment Dave Fallows and chief scout Barry Hunter, Edwards has been pivotal to helping the Reds build a side that has now won the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup and Premier League inside 12 months. FSG chief Werner was full of praise for the 41-year-old’s contribution to Liverpool’s recent success, saying he even texted the former Tottenham man before he spoke to Klopp on Thursday evening. In an exclusive chat with the ECHO, Werner said: “I cannot say enough about Michael in his role. “I know Jurgen gets much of the focus of journalists but we wouldn’t be at this point without the valuable contributions of Michael. “He works under the radar but he’s been pivotal to the consistency of the achievements we have seen. Read More
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“And if you look at the ins and out in the squad and the players he has identified, not all of them we paid £100m for. “He has just worked tirelessly to create this incredible environment. And I text him last night, even before I text Jurgen to tell him how grateful all of us are to his contributions.” Werner and the rest of FSG are hopeful this year’s title is just the start of sustained dominance in English football for Klopp and his team. However, with a three-month suspension of football between mid-March and June, funds are expected to be tight this summer as the game continues to get back on its feet. Liverpool initially attempted to furlough some staff members because of the lack of income before performing a swift U-turn after criticism of the plans.

Sporting director Michael Edwards of Liverpool FC at Melwood Training Ground
The Reds also decided to steer clear of rivaling Chelsea for target Timo Werner with the Londoners forking out around £50million for the RB Leipzig striker earlier this month. Werner hinted that Liverpool would be restricted in their transfer dealings while they continue to see how the landscape looks post-coronavirus pandemic. “I would just say, you know, I was told early on about the importance of a virtuous circle,” Werner added. “So it was very important when we came in that the commercial revenues of the club increased so we had financial stability. “And I think that, as everyone knows, we haven’t taken a pound out as a dividend because every pound we invest in future talent on the pitch.
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“And in the short term we are in a challenging situation because of COVID-19 and we’ve had a lot of conversations about how to manage through this challenging period. “We have a great squad and as you know we are investing in a new training ground and I just want to get through this period. “I am terribly challenged by what is going on with the coronavirus, as is the world. “My dream at the moment is to see Anfield filled with so many supporters and that sort is what I am thinking about today.”



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