Liverpool and their quest for a sporting director goes on after Jurgen Klopp’s shock announcement last month.
The German blindsided the footballing world by confirming his intention to step down as Liverpool manager come the end of the season.
It was a shocking decision to say the least, and certainly seemed to surprise Klopp’s players as much as everyone else.
The club have already communicated that assistant managers Pepijn Lijnders and Peter Krawietz will be following Jurgen Klopp out the exit door.
Elite development coach Vitor Matos will also vacate his position at the end of the season.
It is believed that Lijnders keen to pursue his own career in management.
Furthermore, Jorg Schmadtke saw his spell at Anfield end upon the culmination of the Janauy transfer window.
The Anfield hierarchy then have a big job on their hands ahead of the forthcoming transfer window.
Not only will they have to replace Jurgen Klopp, but also a lot of key figures such as the sporting director role that does so much of the work behind the scenes.
The Reds have already seen their offer for a return of ex-sporting director Michael Edwards rejected by the man himself.
Edwards is believed to be wholly focused on his new consultancy company called Ludonautics.
West Ham United’s Tim Steidten has also emerged as a candidate thanks to his body of work with Bayer Leverkusen and the Hammers.
Now Ben Jacobs for Give Me Sport has claimed that Newcastle United’s Dan Ashworth could be approached by Liverpool.
Why is Dan Ashworth a potential Liverpool target?
Journalist Ben Jacobs has revealed that Liverpool ‘like’ Dan Ashworth and that a move for the Newcastle United director of football could yet materialize:
“I don’t see Liverpool returning for Ward because he’s left more recently. That’s a Manchester United candidate.”
“I don’t think Ashworth is beyond the realms of possibility because he’s liked by Liverpool.”
“I also think there’s less chance that Liverpool will come in for [Paul] Mitchell because they’ve looked at him in the past and chose not to move.”
“So, it would be surprising if they returned for him.”
Who is Dan Ashworth?
Dan Ashworth was the Brighton technical director from 2019-2022 – before moving on to Newcastle United where he is currently at.
At the south coast club, Ashworth would prove his talent ID.
He brought in the likes of Leandro Trossard and Moises Caicedo, both of whom Brighton sold for a huge profit margin.
Another excellent transfer deal was Kaoru Mitoma.
The Japan international was signed from Kawasaki Frontale for a paltry £2.5m in 2021.
It’s safe to say that he’s worth considerably more than that now.
He moved to Newcastle United in the summer of 2022, and brought in the likes of Alexander Isak and Sven Botman for Eddie Howe’s side.
It’s safe to say that Ashworth knows how to spot talent , but also knows how to spot a deal in the transfer market.
Having worked at Brighton, he will presumably knows how to work within a budget – something he will need at Anfield.