Liverpool could lose Michael Edwards to Real Madrid next summer as the director is set to step down at Anfield, but they could use it to their advantage as they eye Rodrygo
Liverpool were handed a major blow earlier this season as it was revealed that director Michael Edwards would be stepping down from his role at the end of the current campaign.
Edwards arrived at Liverpool in 2011, but became the clubs first ever sporting director in 2016, and has played a hand in bringing the likes of Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Diogo Jota to the club.
Recent reports suggest that Real Madrid are hopeful of bringing Edwards to the club at the end of the season, leaving Liverpool fans worried as the director could attempt to raid his former side if he were to join Los Blancos.
However, Edwards could in fact assist his former side in making a new signing should he join Madrid, and play a hand in sanctioning a move for one of the galacticos that Liverpool have been eyeing up for some time.
Edwards tried to bring Rodrygo to Liverpool before Madrid snapped him up in 2019, according to the Brazilian’s former Santos boss Elano Blumer, but the director could help the Reds complete a deal for the 20-year-old next summer should their former employer become a new contact at Los Blancos.
Liverpool aren’t in crisis just yet, but are in a vulnerable situation that Jurgen Klopp will be hoping Edwards can resolve before leaving the club, as the contracts of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino all expire at the end of next seaason, and Mane and Salah have been linked with Madrid, which will worry the Reds supporters.
Klopp’s iconic front-three are all around the age of 30, with Firmino already reaching that landmark while Salah and Mane are 29, and Jota was signed as the inaugural member for a new look front three to surpass them in the future.
And according to El Nacional, Liverpool are keen to make Rodrygo part of their future too, although Madrid have slapped a £68m price tag on the young Brazilian.
Rodrygo has caught the eye at Madrid, but due to the rise of fellow Brazilian Vinicius Junior, and the hopeful arrival of Kylian Mbappe, it leaves him only further down the pecking order.
Liverpool should pull the trigger and sign the 20-year-old, especially if Edwards does join Madrid, as The Independent reported that Los Blancos are hopeful of persuading him to join.
Losing Edwards is a bitter blow, but they can at least benefit out of the situation if Edwards sanctions a move with his former club for Rodrygo, although Liverpool fans will be hoping that the two clubs don’s spark up too much of a relationship.
Salah, Mane and Firmino all see their current deals expire at the end of next season, and with every month that goes by, Klopp and the Liverpool faithful are getting increasingly anxious that a new deal is yet to be agreed.
Fortunately for Liverpool, Salah has revealed that he wants to stay, but his reported wage demands of £400,000-a-week has stalled contract talks thus far, and further delays could see his head get turned.
With Madrid offloading Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale from their wage bill next summer, they’ll have the funds to match Salah’s demands, meaning it’s crucial that Liverpool secure a new deal as soon as possible, especially with Edwards potentially heading to Spain.