Liverpool's attempts to secure a return to the club for former director of football Michael Edwards appear to have hit a stumbling block.
According to renowned transfer insider Fabrizio Romano, the club made contact with Edwards over the weekend, with Fenway Sports Group (FSG) eyeing him up as the man to lead the restructuring at Anfield at the end of the season. However, Edwards has reportedly rejected the Reds' approach.
This alleged approach comes following the surprise announcement that manager Jurgen Klopp, his coaching staff and sporting director Jorg Schmadtke will all leave at the end of the 2023/24 campaign.
🚨🔴 EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool have made contact with Michael Edwards over the weekend.
FSG plan was to offer to be in charge of the restructure at the club.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 30, 2024
Posting on X, Romano wrote that FSG expressed a strong desire to have Edwards back in at the club to oversee the upcoming transition but that he turned down the opportunity, even for a more senior role than he previously held at the club.
If this report is to be believed, it appears that Edwards, who spent 11 successful years at Liverpool, is currently uninterested in a reunion with the club.
The Daily Mail recently reported on growing speculation among Liverpool insiders that bringing Edwards back would be an "ideal opportunity" for the club.
FSG's keen interest in Edwards reportedly stems from his intimate knowledge of the player profiles needed to compete with rivals like Manchester City, as well as his extensive connections to identify the right manager for the club.
Since leaving Liverpool, Edwards has ventured into the world of data consultancy, co-founding Ludonautics with the club's former director of research, Ian Graham.
The consultancy is reportedly assisting a Premier League club, and a recent alliance with Bolton Wanderers has further solidified their presence.
As of now, the prospect of Michael Edwards returning to Liverpool seems like a non-starter. However, given the club's determination and the significance of the upcoming summer, one cannot rule out the possibility of a renewed effort to bring Edwards back to Anfield.
Liverpool fans will undoubtedly be keeping a close eye on the unfolding saga as the club navigates a crucial period in its history.