Jamie Carragher worried for Liverpool with Julian Ward set to step down as sporting director at the end of the season
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher is worried about the club’s transfer hopes in the upcoming windows, with Julian Ward set to depart the Reds at the end of the season. The sporting director had only taken up his role in July.
The 41-year-old took the reins of the Merseyside outfit’s transfer business after Michael Edwards stepped down from his role after the culmination of the previous campaign.
However, Ward was already instrumental for most of last season. He was pivotal in the deal to bring Luis Diaz to Liverpool in January from FC Porto. Our sporting director also helped bring Darwin Nunez to the club and convinced Mohammed Salah to extend his contract.
Speaking on Sky Sports (h/t Express), Carragher, who spent 17 years as a player with the Reds, expressed his fear for the Merseyside outfit. The former defender is concerned about the effect Ward’s departure could have on the club’s transfer plans.
“It’s not ideal because I think when you’re talking about recruiting players, a person in that role is heavily involved not just for right now, maybe the January transfer window, you’re talking about the summer as well.
“So it does feel like a little bit of a shock, and I think it is a little bit of a worry for Liverpool right now.”
The news comes amidst uncertainty around Liverpool’s future ownership, with FSG open to selling the club. Under the American owners, the Reds have had a mixed period. Jurgen Klopp’s arrival has been pivotal in bringing success back to Anfield.
Our recruitment has been key during this period. We have made some smart buys over the years with the likes of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker.
It was evidently down to the combination of Liverpool’s flawless management that we managed to lift the Champions League title in 2019. The Reds then went on to break their 30-year Premier League drought in 2020.
However, the Merseysiders have looked a bit shaky in the current campaign. We have been hit hard by injuries and a lack of options has seemingly made it difficult for Klopp.
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While Liverpool have been brilliant in the transfer market over the years, most fans feel we missed the mark in the summer of 2022. And it remains to be seen how the Reds operate in the upcoming transfer windows considering the host of possible changes in key areas.