Ian Ayre on ‘impossible’ Liverpool title and next season’s warning


Ian Ayre says the work of Michael Edwards and the Liverpool recruiting team deserves to be awarded the Premier League title.

Edwards has built a tremendous reputation as a sporting director at Anfield after overseeing a number of successful recruits for the Jurgen Klopp Reds in the past four years.

By taking on the new role in November 2016, Edwards helped bring a number of key players from Klopp to Merseyside, with five of the Champions League winners last year moving to the club with the help of the sporting director.

Edwards’ position in the eyes of Liverpool supporters was also helped by the value the Reds were able to extract for the players they sold, with the club receiving large fees for names like Philippe Coutinho (£ 142m) , Mamadou Sakho (£ 26m) and Christian Benteke (£ 27m).

Former Reds general manager Ayre held various positions for the Reds for six years before leaving his post as CEO in May 2017, and remains in contact with a number of his former colleagues.

Ayre says Premier League leaders should be crowned champions of England for the 19th time, regardless of the fate of England’s football season in the wake of the coronavirus.

“I was chatting with Michael Edwards a few days ago and Dave Fallows from the recruiting team there and they all did an incredible job with other people,” he told FC Business.

“I don’t know a team – and I was part of it a few years ago – [where] there has been so much work that has gone directly from the owners.

“You must have been part of it to know how much they worked for it and how much they deserve it.

“Hopefully in this sea of ​​negativity something positive will come of it and the Mighty Reds will be the champions by the end of this year. “

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The Reds currently have a 25-point lead over Manchester City in second place and need only six more from their last nine games for their first triumph in 30 years.

However, the wait continues as football officials continue to work out a plan to allow them to wrap up the entire campaign, with Premier League clubs scheduled to meet again via video link on Friday.

Whatever the outcome, however, Ayre says the Klopp team is the legitimate champion of the 2019/20 campaign.

He said, “It would be great and well deserved. There are a lot of people, many who were there when I was there.

“Look, I don’t know how you could say that this title is not theirs, whether this season is over or not.

Jurgen Klopp with Michael Edwards and Mike Gordon
Jurgen Klopp with Michael Edwards and Mike Gordon

“It’s not like it’s five or six or ten points, I mean the probability that they won’t win it in a season if we continue is ridiculously low, almost impossible.

“So I think it would be a tragedy if they don’t get rewarded or win if they put the games back into play.”

“But saying that, if that [cancelling] arrives, knowing everyone there, everyone will know they really won it.

“They will know they have put together a fantastic team and the other thing I would say is that this fantastic team is not going to go away.

“If the worst thing happens and they don’t win the title this year, I have no doubt that Jurgen and the players and everyone related to this club will be ready to go back and forth and get it back. “

“So, you know, like everything in the world, it’s so uncertain isn’t it.

“But they did an incredible job and it’s a product [of their work]. ”


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