Liverpool chief Billy Hogan is confident Julian Ward is the right man to replace departing sporting director Michael Edwards.
Edwards will leave the club at the end of the season after over a decade of service behind the scenes on Merseyside.
Hogan told the Liverpool Echo: “Michael has had an immense impact, absolutely. And look, some of those moments, whether it is the football operations or the work the Academy is doing, maybe it doesn’t get seen as much as the first team that is on the pitch.
“But I think the work and the job that Michael and his team have done – and Julian has been a big part of that team as well – it speaks for itself. They’ve been, if not the best, then certainly close to the best [recruitment team] in football over the course of the last, well, many years now,
“I think that building a squad like that is not something that happens overnight and those guys and girls work really, really hard to get themselves into a position where the club can continue to enhance the squad.
“And that is ultimately providing for Jurgen, working with Jurgen and providing him with the talent to keep going. So Michael has done an incredible job over the course of the last decade, definitely.”