Jurgen Klopp, the man at the helm of Liverpool Football Club, has declared that conversations are indeed “going in the right direction” as the club hunts for the ultimate person to fill the boots of their new Sporting Director come summer.
With Julian Ward hanging up his hat at the end of the season, allegdly opting for a break from the beautiful game – a mere 12 months after stepping into the shoes left vacant by Michael Edwards.
Fear not, for Klopp assures us that the esteemed Liverpool structure shan’t waver, as the club sets its sights on an appointment hailing from outside its ranks.
“I’m not involved in the talks (with possible candidates) but in the talks around (who to pursue) then, yes,” Klopp stated with authority.
“From what I’ve heard, it’s all going in the right direction,” Klopp added, conceding that the final decision lies in the capable hands of others within the club.
Klopp pondered aloud, “How many clubs are out there without a Sporting Director now? Pretty much everyone has one because it makes sense.”
Acknowledging the importance of the role, he continued, “Yes, I’m happy with the structure. The guy or the lady we get will be absolutely right but nothing to say in this moment.”
Now, onto matters on the pitch. Ibrahima Konate finds himself in a touch of doubt concerning his fitness for Liverpool’s midweek clash with West Ham United. As for Roberto Firmino and Naby Keita, they remain on the sidelines, albeit making strides in their recoveries.
“Ibou, we need to see how it is with him, but at the moment I’m rather positive,” Klopp said with optimism. “This week, no for Bobby, but I hope by the end of this week he will be closer. If everything goes well I think Naby could be in partial training today.”