Liverpool Football Club has confirmed the appointment of Jorg Schmadtke as their new sporting director, effective from June 1. Schmadtke, a former German goalkeeper, will replace Julian Ward, who announced his intention to step down from the role in November 2022.
Schmadtke brings a wealth of experience to Anfield, having retired from professional football in 1998 after playing almost 300 Bundesliga games. He has also held several positions in football management, including sporting director at VfL Wolfsburg and 1. FC Cologne.
Liverpool will be hoping that Schmadtke can help them in the transfer market, as the club looks to strengthen its squad ahead of next season. The German will work closely with the football operations department in supporting manager Jurgen Klopp.
Fenway Sports Group president, Mike Gordon, welcomed Schmadtke to the club, stating that he will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role. Gordon also took the opportunity to thank Julian Ward for his contribution to the club during his 11-year tenure, wishing him and his family the best for the future.
The appointment of Schmadtke is seen as a positive move for Liverpool, as he is well-respected in football circles and has a proven track record in player recruitment and development. Liverpool fans will be hoping that his appointment will help the club to continue to grow and develop, both on and off the pitch.