Julian Ward may be about to pull first masterstroke at Liverpool – our view


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Liverpool are losing a massive figure this summer in the form of Michael Edwards this summer.

The Reds’ long-serving director of football is leaving Anfield upon the expiration of his contract and it has been announced for months that Julian Ward will be promoted as his replacement.

And let’s not beat around the bush; Ward has an enormous job on his hands.

Whether it was incomings or outgoings, Edwards masterminded bargain after bargain for Liverpool throughout his phenomenally-successful time working alongside Jurgen Klopp on Merseyside.

But if one rumour is true, Ward could be about to get his stint underway in a very good manner.

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Nat Phillips leaving Liverpool

According to The Echo, Nat Phillips leaving Liverpool looks on the cards and the Merseysiders are demanding £15 million for the permanent sale of him to Bournemouth.

With the summer transfer window upon us, you can bet that Ward is already working on transfers in his new role, given how important preparation is on matters like this.

And if the Reds get that figure for Phillips then it simply has to be considered a feather in the cap of Ward.

Phillips is definitely a good player and his performances in helping Liverpool to Champions League qualification last season prove as much.

But with Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez fit again this season, along with Ibrahima Konate’s arrival last summer, the Bolton-born powerhouse has zero future under Klopp.

So if Ward can secure a £15 million fee for someone who’s never going to play for the Anfield club again, well that’s a stunning piece of business.

Phillips – labelled ‘unbelievable‘ by Klopp once upon a time – wasn’t even making the bench for Liverpool in Premier League games during the first half of the campaign, illustrating that you couldn’t even consider him a squad player.

So to potentially pick up that price for someone of his low status would be an excellent piece of business and get Ward’s reign off to a cracker.

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