Liverpool are in the midst of change and upheaval.
Jurgen Klopp shocked the world on Friday when he announced his intention to step down as Liverpool manager come the end of the season.
It came as a surprise to many, including most of the players themselves.
The announcement devastated Reds fans around the world as Klopp is widely regarded as one of the best managers in world football.
However, with Jurgen Klopp leaving, some of this staff will inevitably follow him out of the Anfield door.
Infact, part of the reason why the German made the announcement now was to give time for his staff to plan for the end of the season – as opposed to dropping the bombshell in May.
It was already announced by the club that assistant managers Pepijn Lijnders and Peter Krawietz, as well as elite development coach Vitor Matos, will also vacate their positions at the end of the season, with Lijnders keen to pursue his own career in management.
Furthermore, sporting director Jorg Schmadtke will also leave Liverpool at the end of the month having only joined last summer.
Although there was some skepticism around his appointment, Schmadtke ended up doing well in bringing in the players he did over the summer.
While the hunt for a manager goes on, it is believed that the Anfield hierarchy will appointing a sporting director before a manager is announced.
Who could Liverpool approach as their new sporting director?
The Daily Mail report that Bournemouth technical director Richard Hughes is emerging as a feasible candidate for the sporting director role at Liverpool.
Hughes is an ex-professional footballer who made over 170 appearances for Bournemouth and also represented the Scotland national team.
He joined the Cherries’ technical team under former boss Eddie Howe initially but was later promoted to technical director.
Nathan Ake, Callum Wilson, and Tyrone Mings, who were sold for £41 million, £20 million, and £25 million, respectively, were among the players Hughes signed for the South Coast club.
In the past summer transfer window, Bournemouth and Hughes were once again busy, bringing in the likes of Justin Kluivert from AS Roma, Tyler Adams from Leeds United and Max Aarons from Norwich City.
From this, we can see that Hughes is a smart sporting director who is able to spot potential and purchase it before the player get’s too expensive.
Additionally, he seems to buy players at their lowest value and sell them at their highest, which is something to could appeal to the Reds.
Nonetheless, it would be interesting to see if Hughes can make the step up to a ‘bigger club’ and fill the shoes of Michael Edwards – something Liverpool have not been able to do yet.