Liverpool are ready to hold talks with director of football Jorg Schmadtke in February or March about extending his time at Anfield.

That’s according to journalist Christian Falk, who says Klopp trusts the ‘transfer expert’ and would seemingly be happy to work with him long-term.

Schmadtke joined Liverpool on a short-term deal to help oversee a rebuild in the summer that saw the arrivals of Dominik Szoboszlai, Alexis Mac Allister, Ryan Gravenberch and Wataru Endo as the Reds focused on rebuilding their midfield.

The German’s current deal runs until June of this year and recent reports have indicated he is not keen to extend beyond that point, instead preferring to oversee the January transfer window and then depart ahead of the summer.

That was followed by a report midway through last month that indicated such a move wouldn’t be to Liverpool’s liking, as they are very satisfied with the work Schmadtke has been doing and would like him to continue.

Falk now backs that up somewhat, stating talks are planned for after January, with Klopp leading the charge for things to remain as they are.

“Liverpool is firmly in German hands again,” he said.

“As far as Liverpool are concerned, Jorg Schmadtke is the transfer expert and friend of Jurgen Klopp and supposed to conduct transfer business until the end of the transfer window.

“Schmadtke has a contract until the summer as sporting director but that ends at the end of June, i.e. before the next transfer window. That’s why, according to my information, they will perhaps sit down in March or February and discuss whether things should continue.

“The fact is, Klopp trusts Schmadtke and if they are definitely still together, they will see what they can get on the table and maybe strike another agreement again.”