Julian Ward’s time at Liverpool will be brief, but it could be very profitable for FSG, as yet another transfer call appears to have paid off
In terms of recruitment, Julian Ward’s tenure at Liverpool has seen the club operate on a par with the Michael Edwards era. Ward’s role, having worked closely with his predecessor, was to ensure continuity for FSG, carrying out the same data-driven recruitment that had proven successful for the owners.
But Ward has established one distinct difference that has not previously been seen at Anfield. In his one-year tenure at the club, Liverpool has loaned out more players than ever before. This bold policy represented a departure from Edwards’ era, when only
It’s a decision that appears to have paid off, as it appears to not only provide Jürgen Klopp’s squad with more first-team options from the academy, but it could also generate millions of dollars more revenue for FSG and Liverpool’s transfer budget.
Tyler Morton’s brilliance at Blackburn Rovers, Conor Bradley’s success at Bolton Wanderers, and Leighton Clarkson catching the eye at Aberdeen are just a few examples. Luke Chambers appears to be another player to add to that list.
Chambers was only loaned to Kilmarnock in January, but he has already piqued the interest of scouts from other clubs.
Chambers has adjusted well to life in the Scottish Premiership, and according to The Daily Record, the 18-year-old left-back has caught the eye of Watford, who sent scouts to watch him in action and were impressed by his performance.
According to the report, Watford are interested in bringing Chambers to the club this summer. It is unclear whether this is a loan or a permanent move. However, given that Liverpool already has Kostas Tsimikas and Andy Robertson as first-team options, the club may be tempted to cash in on Chambers, who is an England youth international on a long-term contract — implying that Watford would have to pay a significant fee to secure his services.
Of course, Chambers is not the only Liverpool loanee in this situation. The aforementioned Morton, Bradley, and Clarkson have all attracted interest from other clubs and are in a similar position in the Anfield first team.
While all of them are highly rated, Liverpool would be wise to sell a few of them depending on the club’s transfer activity, as it is unlikely that all of them will break into the first team. As a result, the club could make millions of dollars in profit, which could be reinvested in the transfer market.
Despite FSG’s relatively modest budget, Edwards was able to operate effectively as sporting director at Liverpool by selling younger players for large sums of money.
Rhian Brewster, Dominic Solanke, and Brad Smith all contributed to Liverpool’s ability to fund important and necessary transfers to strengthen Klopp’s squad.
Based on the success of Ward’s loan policy, Liverpool could repeat a similar feat this summer. Players like Chambers, if they do not make the cut for Klopp, could become lucrative assets that bring in the necessary revenue to ensure Liverpool can spend the kind of money it needs to fulfill its transfer market ambitions.