Liverpool had a big change yet again in the summer in the sporting director role as Julian Ward was replaced by Jorg Schmadtke who was brought in to work with Jurgen Klopp for advice in the transfer window.
Schmadtke had a busy summer as Liverpool lost several players due to the fact their contracts were expiring so Roberto Firmino, James Milner, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain left leaving big holes in the squad.
As well as those departures he had to deal with the sales of two of the most important players in Klopp’s reign as club captain Jordan Henderson and defensive midfielder Fabinho were both pursued by Saudi Arabian clubs before eventually leaving.
Alexis Mac Allister was signed immediately and Schmadtke was in charge of bringing in Dominik Szoboszlai, Wataru Endo and Ryan Gravenberch.
He also nearly conducted the biggest signing in Liverpool’s history as the club agreed a fee with Brighton for midfielder Moises Caicedo but he ended up choosing Chelsea.
It is so far so good for Schmadtke as Liverpool are looking like a force again at the top of the table whilst competing for every major honour they can with all their summer signings playing big parts.
However, he only signed a short-term contract in the summer as he was tempted out of retirement to fulfil the role so there is speculation about his future which Klopp has addressed.
Jurgen Klopp explains the situation surrounding Jorg Schmadtke
In a recent press conference Klopp said: “There is nothing really to say about that from me there must be other people in the club who talk about that.
“My relationship with him is good, my relationship was top with the other two guys (Michael Edwards and Julian Ward) as well, going back to Ian Ayre as well So my relationship is good with these guys.
“I have no doubt. So many people work in and around that department, they are always here. A sporting director like Jorg helped a lot in the last window, definitely but you are right, at the moment it looks like it will be a quiet window, I can guarantee that but at the moment it is all fine.
“We will announce something if there is something to announce. I am pretty sure that everybody thinks Jorg Schmadtke was my decision but it’s not that I have a list of sporting directors and the first five or six are from Germany and thenseven and eight are from Switzerland or whatever and then we go and find the English guy. Absolutely not.
“I think it’s important that the right people are in but I don’t have time to find the right people, if someone else tells me these are the right people then I can easily work with them.”
Liverpool have had a quiet January transfer window so far and it looks like it will stay that way as is the case with many Premier League sides as they focus on their form rather than big deals.