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Julian Ward’s role explained as transfer boss convinced to return – Liverpool FC

Two years after leaving his post as Liverpool’s sporting director, Julian Ward has been persuaded to return – but this time with a wider remit under bosses FSG.

News broke on Friday that the owners have not finished assembling their new structure, with the band back together after Michael Edwards convinced Ward to start in a new role.

Ward, who left Liverpool in 2023, has now joined FSG as technical director after being “convinced”, according to Athletic, to return after a break from football.

Like Edwards, FSG’s CEO of Football, Ward will oversee matters beyond Liverpool and his workload looks vast.

New responsibilities

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Sunday 11 December 2022: Liverpool's sporting director Julian Ward during the Dubai Super Cup 2022 match between Liverpool FC and Olympique Lyonnais at Al Maktoum Stadium.  (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Sunday 11 December 2022: Liverpool's sporting director Julian Ward during the Dubai Super Cup 2022 match between Liverpool FC and Olympique Lyonnais at Al Maktoum Stadium.  (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

According to James Pearce, Ward will “oversee player development within FSG’s football operations”, which will eventually include a second club once the right target has been found and acquired.

The former sporting director’s responsibilities also include “overseeing Liverpool’s academy, FSG’s loan department, elite player development strategies at group level and establishing FSG’s new football innovation department.”

Plenty to keep him busy, then!

He will have more defined targets, but at first glance, he plays to his strengths.

Apart from his brief spell as Liverpool’s sporting director, Ward’s CV makes for impressive reading.

He previously worked as South American scouting strategist for Man City, and at Liverpool he was once scouting manager for Spain and Portugal, then manager of loan routes and football partnerships.

Ward is experienced in Portugal and has strong ties to the region, and his fluency in Portuguese will again prove beneficial, as it did for discussions of Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez.

It’s clear then that Ward has a wealth of experience to help Liverpool in their post-Jurgen Klopp era and any future FSG club add to his portfolio.

With Klopp gone, FSG have quickly made pivoting moves and are establishing a strong foundation off the pitch that prioritizes stability and clear direction.

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