After Gravenberch: Liverpool could have one new addition soon ahead of crucial meeting

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The summer transfer window has slammed shut following Liverpool’s signing of Ryan Gravenberch from Bayern Munich.

However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the Reds won’t be due for another change until the January window creaks back open.

Jorg Schmadtke revealed in an interview with Training Ground Guru that he’s set for a critical meeting with decision-makers at Anfield to review his future with the club.

“A three-month contract? That’s not true. We agreed on a year of co-operation and agreed to see what would happen after three months. We sit down together, look each other in the eye and decide how to proceed,” the former Wolfsburg sporting director said.

“Both sides are so sovereign and serious that the question is then answered – does it still make sense or not? It could be that we shake hands and part.

“I’m thrilled with this club, fascinated by the atmosphere there. It’s a big club, but it exudes zero arrogance. I observe a great sense of togetherness, an optimal sense of togetherness, which is documented, for example, in the fact that in the canteen the professionals sit next to the secretaries and employees and the managers of the individual sections at the table of the young players.

“There is not such a strict separation as in Germany. And further [to that] top people work there at all levels who communicate well with each other. I enjoy working for this company.”

On the balance of things, and bearing in mind the turmoil of coming into a new league and club to replace yet another sporting director in Julian Ward (after the Englishman called time on the role after a year), the German hasn’t done an awful job.

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It should be pointed out that we did fail to secure a left-sided centre-back during the window – a failure that could very well come back to haunt us in a manner more than reminiscent of the 2020/21 campaign – though the minimum (and no less crucial) target of a midfield rebuild was arguably a success.

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Some clarification over roles and responsibilities is perhaps required, given that CEO Billy Hogan was at one stage understood to be heavily involved in talks for our ill-fated Moises Caicedo push.

Ultimately, whatever decision Liverpool make, a long-term relationship with the club to set strategy and prepare for what will be another potentially tumultuous summer in 2024 is critical.

If the club doesn’t see Schmadtke as that man – don’t be surprised to see yet another exit and potential arrival before the year is out.

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  1. He’s been worse than ordinary in the job. A far cry from the past when new signings were announced almost covertly. The pigs ear that was played out over the Caceido and Lavia deals sums him up.

  2. He was brought in to get players on the cheap from Germany, and he has.

    FSG net spend last season 37 million. Where’s the 100 million that was supposed to be spent on Bellingham.

    112 million supposed bid for caicedo, only 50 million of that spent on two midfielders
    Where’s the rest of that gone.
    Why weren’t there any centre backs bought.

    When Salah is sold next week for 200 million how much of that will FSG take for themselves. All of it.

    The problem isn’t selling Salah, it’s FSG who are too greedy. It’s why Liverpool are in decline in the Europa league.

    Liverpool football club in terminal decline under charlatan owners FSG

    1. Maybe you should consider that only one place was left for an overseas player, BEFORE Cravenberch was signed.

  3. Get rid of this bloke as quickly as possible he’s a waste of time and paying him to mess up is a joke made us look like a 2nd rate club just get rid klopp wanted him but think klopp has cocked this up and come on Liverpool get rid of pep as well

  4. I would agree that they FSG have financial motives but they are based on balancing the books each year, with discipline, and building assets that inflate in value. They have taken zero out of Liverpool profits but built up Liverpool’s value from around 300M to say,4 billion.
    The flaw in their approach is that the EPL is a money game with owners who have bottomless funds to spend and ambitions to get to the top and stay there. These teams are driven to get to the top as their first priority.
    Liverpool balancing the books each year has given us a great run over the last few years because Klopp and Edwards performed wonders with what they were given. FSG has simply not prepared for the day when the team needed 3-500M over a 2/3 year period to stay at the top as did City, Real Madrid and others. We really miss Michael Edwards who had the talent to invest strategically and fit into FSGs restrictive model. Nothing good is going to come out of Klopp essentially gaining the Sporting Director role as well as coach. I’m sure Edwards would have pushed back on the concept that adding a CB would have held back Quansah, and a backup for Salah would hold back Doak. It’s simply not how the consistent super clubs think with strong Sporting Directors.

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