It is fair to say that of all the names linked with the sporting director’s job at Liverpool in recent months, Jorg Schmadtke came as something of a surprise. He wasn’t an obvious candidate, or a well-touted one, that’s for sure.
The 59-year-old, though, has been installed as Julian Ward’s successor at Anfield following an announcement on Tuesday. He has signed a short-term deal, which will begin when the summer transfer window opens in June.
There will be an option to extend it should both parties wish to, and Schmadtke can expect to be busy straight away as Liverpool look to strengthen their squad significantly in the coming weeks. The likes of Alexis Mac Allister, Mason Mount and Ryan Gravenberch are all on the club’s list of targets, with work already well advanced in terms of lining up summer deals.