Losing Michael Edwards could “upset the balance” at Liverpool after the “trust” he built with Jurgen Klopp, according to former Premier League striker Noel Whelan.
Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson, Fabinho and Alisson as well as numerous other successful transfers have been bought on Edwards’ watch as Liverpool sporting director.
But The Athletic claimed on Monday that Edwards is ‘expected to step down from his position after the current season’ after he ‘informed the Liverpool hierarchy of his intention to move on, although the situation has yet to be finalised’.
And former Leeds striker Whelan thinks it would come as a big “blow” to Liverpool after the strong relationship he has built with Liverpool boss Klopp.
Whelan told Football Insider on Wednesday: “Edwards has done so well in the transfer market.
“He’s been brilliant at bringing players in and selling players so naturally his loss would be felt. He has basically built the team along with Jurgen Klopp.
“When you lose somebody who knows the club inside out like he does, it can upset the balance. It is not easy to replace someone who has built up that trust with the manager. It would definitely be a blow if he left.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson couldn’t hide his delight after signing a new long-term contract at the club on deadline day.
Henderson said: “I’m obviously very honoured and proud to continue the journey I’ve already been on here.
“It’s amazing to finally get it done and just concentrate on looking forward and what the future may hold.
“I’m in a different place of course, as a player and as a person, from when I first walked in. I’ve learned and grown a lot over my time here, and I’ve got to thank a lot of people for that.
“I’ve loved every minute of it, even when I look back at the tough times, I was still enjoying being a part of this football club. The longer I can do that, the better for me really. I want to be here as long as possible, I’ve always said that.
“To continue this journey is incredible for me and my family, and I hope the fans and the club feel the same way.”