Premier League News: Shock coup at Liverpool worries, says Carragher

    Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool’s riots are “worrying” after two backstage departures were revealed on Thursday.

    It is widely reported that sporting director Julian Ward has decided to leave his position at the conclusion of the current season, just a year after he took over from Michael Edwards.

    This was followed by a report from The Athletic that Liverpool’s research director Ian Graham had also resigned and was serving a notice until May.

    This leaves Jurgen Klopp with important roles in the club hierarchy to fill a period when ownership could also change as FSG looks to attract new investors by selling a minority stake and is potentially ready to discuss a full sale.

    These changes are of concern to Carragher, who identified the important role these figures play in recruiting new players to the club.

    “It’s not ideal because when you’re talking about recruiting, the person in that role is heavily involved not only in the January window, but also in the summer,” he told Sky Sports.

    “It really looks like a shock. This worries Liverpool a little.

    “There seems to be a turmoil going on behind the scenes in terms of ownership.

    “Michael Edwards left and Ward took over and now he’s gone.

    “It won’t be easy to find someone right away as Liverpool won’t be ready for that. I hope someone fills this role and achieves the same success as in the past.”

    Liverpool need a post-World Cup response after a disappointing start to the season, sitting sixth in the Premier League, seven points behind the top four and already 15 points behind leaders Arsenal.

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