Fabrizio Romano reveals why Michael Edwards turned down Liverpool approach

Ex-Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards was approached by the club over a potential return, with the Italian transfer guru now revealing why he turned down the offer

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Michael Edwards was appointed as Liverpool sporting director back in 2016 and helped usher in a period of success at the football club.

The 44-year-old has become a key figure during his time at the club and helped oversee a very successful period in the club’s history.

Edwards oversaw deals to bring in the likes of Mohamed Salah, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, and Alisson Becker, all of whom have gone on to etch themselves into Liverpool’s storied history.

However, in June of 2022, Edwards saw fit to call time on his Anfield career.

He is now occupied with running an advisory business called Ludonautics alongside former Liverpool head of research Dr Ian Graham.

The company aims to give its expertise to ownership groups and teams in regard to success and innovation, both on and off the pitch.

It is believed that Ludonautics has already worked with plenty of Premier League clubs, who no doubt saw the body of work Edwards showcased at Liverpool.

Yesterday, Fabrizio Romano reported that Liverpool had contacted Edwards over a potential return to Anfield.

However, the 44-year-old rejected the approach.

Not only that, but Edwards is also not even interested in a more senior role at the club.

It seems that Michael Edwards is determined to completely close the book on the LFC chapter of his life.

Now the Italian transfer guru has revealed why he was not keen on an Anfield reunion.

What did Fabrizio Romano say about Michael Edwards?

Speaking to CaughtOffside, Romano confessed that it would be hard to make a prediction on Edwards’ long-term future while also revealing the rationale behind the rejection:

“As reported yesterday, Michael Edwards was approached over a return to Liverpool in an even more senior role than he had previously,” Romano began.

“Edwards is happy with his current job, this is basically the reason. He has no intention to return, it’s not about the role but just happy with what he’s doing now.”

“I can’t predict when we will see him back in football, or at which club, as he’s very satisfied with his current situation.”

He then revealed that there is no rush for a new sporting director, and that a manager appointment will follow in due course:

“There are candidates to be the next sporting director, but nothing is at the advanced or concrete stages yet. They’ll have to see who is the man they really want,” he said.

“In terms of manager, Xabi Alonso and Roberto De Zerbi are really appreciated by people at the club, but before deciding who is the leading candidate, they want to appoint a new director, so there is a chance for other managers to enter this shortlist.”

“Alonso still has a fantastic relationship with Liverpool, while De Zerbi is appreciated by many top clubs so I think he could be a serious candidate as well.”

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