Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has paid tribute to Michael Edwards as being one of the unsung heroes of the Reds' Premier League triumph.
The Merseyside club mathematically confirmed their maiden Premier League crown, and their first league title for 30 years, earlier this week after rivals Manchester City lost to Chelsea.
While the public sees Jurgen Klopp and his players swatting opponents aside, sporting director Edwards is the man who has masterminded from behind the curtain.
Edwards arrived at Anfield as Head of Performance and Analysis in 2011, having previously worked at Portsmouth and Tottenham, before moving up to the sporting director role in November 2016.
As part of his role, Edwards got rid of flops like Jordon Ibe and Christian Benteke and replaced them with the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk.
"Michael operates under the radar but his role in our success cannot be underestimated," Werner told the Athletic. "He has been pivotal to it.
"It’s not simply about going out and finding the highest-priced target. It’s about developing our talent and making long-term arrangements with them so there’s consistency year after year.
"I also want to pay tribute to Michael’s key staff in Dave Fallows and Barry Hunter. They work tirelessly too to give Jurgen the support that he needs.”
Werner also piled praise on manager Klopp for his ability to share the acclaim for the club's success.
“There is a banner on the Kop that says ‘Unity Is Strength’. I think one of Jurgen’s great qualities is that he understands that while he is the leader, he shares this trophy not just with the players, but with Michael Edwards and all the other staff too.
“Look at how he responded to winning the league on Thursday, taking the time to thank all of his staff individually. He just wants everyone to participate in this triumph.
“Not only have we acquired great talent but Jurgen makes great talent even better. He’s a brilliant strategist and he’s brilliant in terms of his competitiveness. But he also has such empathy and such a big heart and I think that’s apparent to everybody.”
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