Sporting Director Schmadtke to leave Liverpool after January window

Jurgen Klopp and Jorg Schmadtke 

Jurgen Klopp and Jorg Schmadtke 

LIVERPOOL Sporting Director Jorg Schmadtke is to leave the club at the end of the January transfer window.

Schmadtke joined the Reds last June in what was always regarded as an interim appointment. He oversaw the club’s football operations department and led on incoming and outgoing transfers, having previously performed a similar role at Wolfsburg, Cologne, Hannover and Alemannia Aachen.

Fenway Sports Group President Mike Gordon said: “We would like to place on record our gratitude to Jorg for the important role he has played since joining Liverpool last summer. He has made a valuable contribution, both in terms of the support he provided to Jürgen Klopp and the assistance and guidance given to our outstanding football operations department.

“As well as departing with our appreciation for his efforts, we would also like to take this opportunity to offer Jorg and his family our very best wishes for the future.”

Schmadtke added: “Liverpool is a very special club so to have had the opportunity to work here has been a huge honour for me, even though I knew from the outset that it would only be for a short period.

“I would like to thank everyone – the owners, manager, staff, players and fans – for the support I have been given and offer my best wishes for the rest of this season.”

Liverpool will now set about appointing a new Sporting Director, who will play a key role in choosing a replacement for manager Jurgen Klopp when he leaves in the summer.

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