Michael Edwards has largely escaped blame for Liverpool’s slump this season, with the club’s sporting director even receiving praise during the January window.
There was insistence from sections of the media that signing Ozan Kabak, on loan with a purchase option, from Schalke was absolutely not a panic buy, and instead something the Reds had thought long and hard about.
L’Equipe break ranks today as they look ahead to Liverpool’s Champions League match against RB Leipzig. It’s stated that several ‘damaging’ decisions from Edwards have impacted Jurgen Klopp’s side this season.
Examples include selling Dejan Lovren and not replacing him at the time, and allowing Georginio Wijnaldum to enter the final year of his contract and for that to become a distraction.
Then there’s Thiago Alcantara, and the plan there ‘looks like a failure’. The midfielder has been ‘racking up bland performances’ when he’s not injured, and his signing ‘calls into question the club’s sport policy’.
Klopp is also given blame over the Thiago signing, and it’s clear L’Equipe have it in for the Spaniard.
It’s quite interesting, given sections of the French media, not too far away from L’Equipe, were urging PSG to sign the player… before Liverpool beat them to it.