It was reported earlier today by SportBILD that the Liverpool sporting director is a ‘hot candidate’ for the vacant post, which has not been filled since Markus Krosche left the club for Eintracht Frankfurt at the end of last season.
Edwards was first linked with an exit from Anfield in August, with Athletic claiming the Reds transfer guru should leave once his contract with the club expires at the end of the season.
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However, it seems that a potential move to Germany is not an option, with the Leipzig boss ruling out this possibility.
“Michael Edwards will not be our athletic director,” Mintzlaff told DAZN.
“The point is, we are looking for a sporting director who matches the club, our philosophy and our direction. “
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Edwards has improved his reputation considerably since working for the Reds, having helped close deals for Alisson Becker, Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk.
His ability to recoup large fees for fringe players has also been a big plus, with Dominic Solanke and Rhian Brewster two obvious examples.
Sources told ECHO this summer that the club are keen to retain Edwards’ services, although there have been no further developments since the summer regarding his future at Liverpool.