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Liverpool set to confirm appointment of Richard Hughes

Liverpool are set to confirm the appointment of Richard Hughes as their next Sporting Director as Fenway Sports Group looking to establish a new structure before the start of the summer transfer window. 

The Reds have already appointed Michael Edwards as the CEO of the club, and Hughes, who left his position at AFC Bournemouth last month, is all set to join him.

Fabrizio Romano has suggested on X that “it’s all done” between Liverpool and Hughes, and the announcement is imminent.

“It’s all done between Liverpool and Richard Hughes since 15 days ago. Announcement, imminent,” wrote Romano.

“All documents are signed for new Liverpool director Richard Hughes to be unveiled as part of new Liverpool structure,” he added.

Liverpool have enjoyed great success under Jurgen Klopp who will leave the club at the end of the season, and having a proper structure has been a key factor behind the revolution.

Edwards, who previously worked as a Sporting Director at Liverpool, was instrumental in taking the Reds to a new height under Klopp. While the German boss deserves huge credit for the transformation at the club, the role played by Edwards has been equally significant.

How Liverpool can expect to operate under Edwards and Hughes

Edwards almost begged Klopp to sign Mohamed Salah and the rest is history. He has a keen eye for scouting players, and almost all of the signings made during his time have proved to be a roaring success.

Liverpool signed players like Sadio Mane, Virgil van Dijk, Alisson, and Fabinho among others who played a massive role in winning trophies for the club under Edwards’ leadership off the pitch.

The case of Gini Wijnaldum is another example that demonstrates the impact Edwards made in his previous stint. The Dutchman was primarily a winger when he played at Newcastle, but Edwards urged Klopp to convert him to a number eight, and we all know how it turned out.

The next manager will be looking to implement his own vision, but Edwards will now have more power to influence other aspects apart from player signings. Hughes will work under him and the duo are expected to oversee day to day running of the club.

The primary task for both of them will be to appoint a new manager. Former Liverpool player and Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso is emerging as a favourite candidate but Edwards and Hughes could look to other candidates as well.

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