Liverpool hit by ‘potentially catastrophic’ blow as commentator ‘shocked’ – :ORA SPORT MANING

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Julian Ward’s departure from Liverpool at the end of the season is a “shock” and “potentially catastrophic” for the club’s transfer plans, according to Noel Whelan.

Speaking to Football Insider, the former Leeds United striker and current club ambassador highlighted the importance of the club losing its sporting director for the second year running.

Ward replaced Michael Edwards after working at Anfield but announced last week that he will be taking a break from football.

The news has dismayed many Liverpool fans at a time of growing uncertainty at the club, which has been synonymous with stability in recent years.

Furthermore, Edwards is in talks to join rivals Man United as their new sporting director.

Sources tell Football Insider that a deal for Edwards to join United next summer is moving forward and is entirely separate from the potential takeover of the club itself.

“I’m shocked that Liverpool could lose their sporting director for the second year in a row, it’s such an important role for a big club in this day and age,” Whelan told Football Insider.

“So much planning goes into transfers – the organisation, scouting, background checks, dealing with agents and clubs – that it needs a big man to oversee it. At Liverpool, they are not just looking for players for January and next summer, but for next year and the year after that.

“Could this mean that Liverpool have lost an important target? Well, yes, of course it could. From that point of view, it can be potentially catastrophic, especially if a person enters into a relationship and relationship with an agent or executive of another club.

“Liverpool are a great club and will nominate a replacement. But it’s certainly not ideal for them.”

Ward’s departure comes shortly after American owners Fenway Sports Group put the club up for sale.

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He is not the only prominent figure behind the scenes at Anfield taking a step back, with the club’s director of research Ian Graham also stepping down and seeing his season-long notice period.

In other news, Liverpool source reveals “big news” behind the scenes.

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