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Sven Mislintat has been appointed to replace Julian Ward as Liverpool’s sporting director at the end of the season

Following the news that Julian Ward will leave his role as Liverpool’s sporting director at the end of the season, attention is turning to who will replace him.

Reports emerged on Wednesday that Sven Mislintat has become a potential candidate to take over the role at Anfield. The Reds will already be looking for a possible replacement for Ward, who will leave after just one year on the job.

Mislintat has worked with Jurgen Klopp in the past after spending a decade as a scout at Borussia Dortmund. The 50-year-old has since had a two-year spell as Arsenal’s head of scouting before leaving in 2019.

After leaving the Gunners, Mislintat returned to his homeland of Germany and took up the role of sporting director at Stuttgart. However, he recently left that role and is now out of work.

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As rumors swirl linking him with the Liverpool job, we take a look at his record in the transfer market throughout his career. Here are some of the deals we consider to be “hits” and “misses”.

Dortmund first signed Mats Hummels in 2009, 18 months after he was loaned from Bayern Munich. He would become a key central defender for the German club, catapulting them to the Bundesliga title twice.

He was sold back to Bayern seven years later as Dortmund made a major profit on the deal. Hummels will then return to Signal Iduna Park in 2019, two years after Mislintat left the club.

Shinji Kagawa

Dortmund signed Shinji Kagawa on a free transfer in 2010 from Japanese club Cerezo Osaka. From there, like Hummels, he would become a key player in midfield for the German club en route to two league title triumphs.

Kagawa also scored in the 2012 German Cup final against Bayern Munich, just months before he was sold to Manchester United.

Robert Lewandowski

Arguably the most successful signing in Dortmund’s recent history, Mislintat helped sign Robert Lewandowski from Lech Poznan in 2010 in a deal that reached €4 million. He scored 103 goals in 187 appearances and helped Dortmund and Klopp reach the Champions League final in 2013.

Ilkay Gundogan

Another signing from Mislintat and Klopp, where Dortmund brought Ilkay Gundogan to the club for around €4 million in 2011.

He would become a key player in the Bundesliga title triumph in his first season before being sold to Manchester City in 2016.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Mislintat was involved in two separate deals to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the first being in 2013. Although he would not win the league title at Dortmund, he scored 141 goals in 213 appearances.

Arsenal, with Mislintat in charge of signings, will then sign Aubameyang in 2018 as one of their first major signings in north London. A total of 92 goals in 163 games suggests the move was also a hit rather than a miss.

Ciro Immobil

After the departure of Lewandowski on a free transfer to Bayern Munich in 2014, Dortmund needed a new striker. So they turned to Italy and signed Ciro Immobile from Turin.

The Italian was full of promise and had the ability to be a good successor to Lewandowski. However, things did not go entirely according to plan.

He would score 10 goals in 34 appearances, but would only have a full season at Dortmund before a loan spell at Sevilla, which was soon turned into a permanent deal.

Andre Schurrle

After impressing with Chelsea, Mislintat felt that bringing Andre Schurrle to Dortmund would be good business for all involved. However, it didn’t turn out that way.

A total of eight goals in 51 appearances, with loan spells at Fulham and Spartak Moscow, would suggest the deal was not one of the best of Tislintat’s career. Schurrle retired from professional football in 2020, four years after moving to Dortmund.

Stephan Lichtsteiner

Mislintat wanted to add experience to Arsenal’s squad when he moved to the Emirates. One of his first signings was to bring in Stephan Lichtsteiner.

The experienced defender arrived from Juventus in 2018 but would spend just one season in north London before being sold to Augsburg, just months after Mislintat left to return to Germany with Stuttgart.


Henrikh Mkhitaryan

It was one of the most high profile deals in Premier League history. Arsenal and Manchester United agreed a swap deal in 2018 that saw Alexis Sanchez move to Old Trafford, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving to the Emirates.

However, he would score just nine goals in 59 appearances before being sold to Roma in 2020 after spending the previous campaign on loan in Italy. Mkhitaryan spent just 18 months wearing the Arsenal shirt.


Matteo Guendouzi

When Arsenal and Mislintat signed Matteo Guendouzi from Lorient in 2018, many believed he would prove to be a long-term signing for the club’s future. That didn’t go according to plan, to say the least.

Guendouzi would last two years in Arsenal’s first team, making 82 appearances, before being sent out on loan to Hertha Berlin and Marseille over the next two seasons. He was eventually sold to the French club earlier this year.

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