Michael Edwards deserves enormous praise for the excellent series of transfers he has made during his era at Liverpool – but Rio Ferdinand has identified two signings the sporting director has got wrong at Anfield.
Edwards’ contract with the Reds is expiring at the end of the season. There had remained a hope that he would put pen to paper on a new deal at Anfield. But that hope has now been vanquished, with Edwards penning an emotional farewell letter to Liverpool fans.
His successor too has already been decided. Indeed, his assistant Julian Ward will take charge of all Liverpool’s transfer business and existing player contracts from July 1.
However, with just over three months remaining on his deal, Edwards continues to build on his legacy. Indeed, in what is a thrilling final acquisition, Edwards identified and quickly sealed the impressive signing of Luis Diaz in January.
Known as the man who brought Mohamed Salah, Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk to Anfield, he has played a significant role in their success. He was also behind Philippe Coutinho’s giant sale to Barcelona. That deal alone could have netted Liverpool a whopping £142m if all conditions are met.
However, not every deal he’s got right – as Ferdinand has pointed out.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Ferdinand named Takumi Minamino and Naby Keita as Edwards’ only mistakes.
“The recruitment, the players come in and they hit the ground running,” Ferdinand stated. “They don’t get many wrong you know, Minamino might be one, but he scored the other day…
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“But Minamino is probably one where you say you could get more out of him.
“[Naby] Keita maybe as well, but after that, [Kostas] Tsimikas comes in and plays well, they just get it right,” Ferdinand said.
Michael Edwards legacy remain intact at Liverpool
That said, Edwards will depart his Kirkby headquarters later this year knowing he’s been a major success.
If Rio Ferdinand can only highlight Keita and Minamino as transfer ‘failures’ then he’ll know he’s got the majority of things right.
Indeed, Minamino has nine goals in 22 appearances this season – a really solid record.
Keita, meanwhile, has also featured regularly, starting 14 times and appearing in 23 matches in total. The Guinean has three goals and one assist to his name this season.
Edwards, meanwhile, will use the closing months of the season to try and finalise a new deal for Salah. Talks remain ongoing.