Liverpool set to make another key appointment

Liverpool set to make another key appointment

Liverpool set to make another key appointment

Michael Edwards looks to have filled another key position at Liverpool, with a second member of Bournemouth's backroom staff set to follow Hughes to Anfield.

Michael Edwards has wasted little time stamping his authority on Liverpool, with reports suggesting another key addition will soon be added to the backroom staff at Anfield.

Since his return to the club as CEO of Football two weeks ago, Edwards has already agreed a deal for Richard Hughes to become the club's new Director of Football.  Hughes is a long-term friend and associate of Edwards, with the two working together at Portsmouth and Bournemouth.  Hughes will take up his new role on the 1st of July 2024, when his deal with Bournemouth expires, and it now looks like another member of Bournemouth's backroom staff will be following Hughes to Anfield.

What's the story?

According to respected journalist and football insider, Fabrizio Romano, Bournemouth's chief scout, Mark Burchill, will soon follow Hughes to Anfield, to take up a role within Liverpool's scouting network.  According to Romano,

"Mark Burchill will follow Richard Hughes to Liverpool. It’s all decided for Bournemouth's chief scout to join #LFC. It will be signed soon but agreement’s already in place. Edwards, Hughes, and Burchill will be part of the new structure."

Burchill, 43, has been chief scout at Bournemouth since 2019. During his five years at the club, Bournemouth has suffered relegation from the Premier League, but more recently has developed into a strong, mid-table Premier League side.  They are currently 13th in the table, just 6 points off the European places.

Burchill to bolster Liverpool's scouting setup

While Burchill has a good reputation within the game, moving from Bournemouth to Liverpool will be a big step up for the 43-year-old, where he will be operating on a completely different scale and budget from what he has been used to.  It is therefore assumed that his appointment will be part of a move to bolster the scouting department within Liverpool, rather than replacing the current head scout, Barry Hunter.

Hunter and his team have been involved in record-breaking deals for players such as Alisson Becker, Virgil Van Dijk, and Darwin Nunez - who cost Liverpool £85million, whereas Bournemouth's record transfer is currently Alex Scott, who they paid £25million for last summer.

Liverpool were reportedly interested in Scott last summer when the team needed a midfield overhaul, though they eventually moved for Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai.  At the time, the deal was seen as a major coup for Bournemouth, with Hughes and Burchill receiving praise for convincing the youngster to join the Cherries.

This summer will see massive changes at Anfield, across all aspects of the club.  With Jurgen Klopp leaving, the club will need to find a top-class manager to lead the team forward.  The majority of Klopp's coaching staff are also set to leave, meaning Edwards and Hughes will have plenty of work to keep them busy, which is why it is good to see deals such as this one being concluded quickly, well ahead of the end of the season.

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