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Liverpool sporting director Jorg Schmadtke to step down after January window

Liverpool sporting director Jorg Schmadtke is ‘planning to step back’ from his role after the January transfer window, which will leave the club seeking a new long-term appointment.

That’s according to Sky Germany reporter Florian Plettenberg, who claims the 59-year-old talent spotter will oversee Liverpool’s winter transfer activity but is expected to step back in the aftermath.

The German joined the Merseyside heavyweights on an interim basis in May, signing an initial year-long contract after departing VfL Wolfsburg.

Schmadtke had previously confirmed that his contract could be extended if an agreement is reached with the club, but the prospect of an extension appears unlikely.

He spearheaded Liverpool’s midfield rebuild in the summer that saw the arrivals of Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai, Wataru Endo and Ryan Gravenberch.

Both Liverpool and Schmadtke are reportedly satisfied with the midfield overhaul, but the German’s job is not done just yet. 

Liverpool are expected to launch a move for another defensive midfielder in January after summer frustrations that saw their two top targets join Chelsea.

The Reds have been constantly linked with a move for Fluminense holding midfielder Andre and could revive their interest in the Brazilian when the transfer window reopens.

The Brazilian side may not be opposed to a winter departure, but Liverpool may have to fork out around €40 million to secure his services.

The upheaval in the sporting director role at Anfield over the last couple of years is in stark contrast to the lengthy and enormously successful reign of Michael Edwards.

Schmadtke’s imminent departure means the Reds are having to make a third appointment in that position in less than two years.

While he has enjoyed a largely successful spell, delivering a marquee signing before stepping down would be the cherry on the cake, leaving his successor with a solid foundation to build upon.

Liverpool will ideally be determined to make a permanent sporting director appointment, fostering a sense of continuity that can develop over a few years as opposed to the yearly merry-go-round.

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