Liverpool are set to appoint Jorg Schmadtke as their new sporting director ‘THIS WEEK’ – with German to sign ‘short-term deal’ ahead of busy summer in the transfer market
- Liverpool have been looking for a replacement for sporting director Julian Ward
- German talent-spotter Schmadtke recently emerged as the front-runner
- He is set to be appointed this week and will help to oversee their summer rebuild
Liverpool will reportedly appoint Jorg Schmadtke as their new sporting director this week.
Mail Sport reported earlier this month how the Reds were closing in on a deal to bring in the former German goalkeeper, and that it was just a matter of time until this was confirmed.
It has long been a source of speculation over who will replace Julian Ward, the current incumbent, since he stated his intention to step down last November.
Liverpool had been linked with a number of candidates, including Paul Mitchell, who is with Monaco.
But Schmadtke, 59, a well-respected figure within German football, received a solid recommendation from manager Jurgen Klopp during discussions with club owners Fenway Sports Group.
Jorg Schmadtke is set to be appointed as Liverpool’s new sporting director this week
The German has a close relationship with his fellow countryman and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp
And according to The Times, Schmadtke will sign a short-term deal at some point this week.
He had retired after leaving Wolfsburg in January, but the chance to work with Klopp at a club with the stature of Liverpool convinced Schmadtke to return to the game.
Despite the Reds’ late season up-turn in form, it is expected to be a busy summer at Anfield as they prepare for a significant rebuild after a tumultuous campaign.
They are set to make a number of strategic signings as Klopp aims to build the next great Liverpool side.
Several of the iconic Reds team who won the Premier League and Champions League have since moved on or struggled this year as they head into their 30s.
The report goes onto state that Schmadtke will sign a short-term deal, with an option to extend if the arrangement suits both parties.
He enjoys a close relationship with Klopp, but the Liverpool boss was keen to stress this was not the main reason for his appointment.
‘If it happens, it would not be a Jurgen Klopp signing because we are both German or both know each other,’ Klopp said last week.
‘That would have nothing to do with it. I can say that. Jorg Schmadtke, I have known for a long, long time.
Liverpool are set to undergo a summer overhaul and are keen on midfielders like Mason Mount
Wolves’ Matheus Nunes (left) and Brighton star Alexis Mac Allister (right) are also targets
Klopp says his close relationship with Schmadtke is not key to his appointment
‘He knows me probably not as long as I know him, because he was a much better player, but we started in a similar moment our second career.’
He continued: ‘I became a coach at Mainz and he became sporting director at Aachen — two teams of similar status, so from there we know each other a little bit.
‘I know he is a good guy and a smart guy. Very good at what he did in Germany, definitely, very successful. His character is good, his personality is good, his humour is good. I know that from a few moments next to the pitch.’
Klopp’s position at Anfield never needed strengthening, but this appointment is an indication of his influence within the club and Liverpool will now be confident they have an experienced administrator in place to complete the deals they need to reshape their squad.
Schmadtke will fit in alongside long-serving figures Dave Fallows and Barry Hunter on Liverpool’s technical team and the onus is on bringing in midfielders this summer.
Chelsea’s Mason Mount and Brighton’s Alexis Mac Allister are prime candidates, along with Matheus Nunes of Wolves.
Liverpool have tracked Khephren Thuram — the son of French great Lilian — but are not expected to proceed with a deal.
However, Klopp confirmed last week that the quest for reinforcements will not be limited to the engine room. The only area he isn’t looking to bolster is Liverpool’s goalkeepers and he ruled out the possibility of Caoimhin Kelleher, Alisson Becker’s back up, being offloaded.
‘We look in all departments apart from goalkeeper at the moment,’ said Klopp. ‘Yes, if there is a good one (defender) out there, I would not deny it. That’s all. We look at all areas of the pitch, definitely.’
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