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Here is your Liverpool morning digest for Tuesday, October 12

Liverpool director of research explains how transfer strategy really works

In the never-ending pursuit of progress, Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards, is not enjoying some quiet downtime during the international break.

Instead, The celebrated ‘transfer guru’ is instead on his latest work assignment in London. At Chelsea, to be exact.

He is here, front and centre at the 2021 StatsBomb conference.

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The company have rapidly established themselves as the industry leaders when it comes to the analysis of football’s endless reams of data.

As a result of their growth, they can now count Liverpool as one of their most high-profile clients.

Edwards sits next to his assistant, Julian Ward, as they get set to hear from their director of research, the hugely respected Ian Graham.

The ECHO is also on hand at Stamford Bridge, next to Edwards and his team, as Graham divulges some of the information that has helped turn Klopp’s Reds from pretenders to contenders, to champions of England, Europe and the world in the last two years or so.

“Recruitment is the only place where the action is at in terms of performance,” Graham says inside the plush Drake Suite.

“About 20 years ago, physical data became available to purchase. Manchester United bought it and apparently used it to great success, so that made all the other clubs buy it.

“They all bought it, but did they use it? Did it improve performance?

“Or was it just a box-ticking exercise for owners to rest assured and be able to say they were as cutting edge as Manchester United?

“Analytics was ridiculed when I started working for Liverpool in 2012. In 2021 it’s the must-have tool for any forward-thinking football club.”


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Gini Wijnaldum admits unhappiness with PSG situation

Gini Wijnaldum left Liverpool in the summer but admits he is not “completely happy” with his situation at Paris Saint-Germain.

The Dutch midfielder signed for the French giants on a free transfer in the summer after his five-year deal at Anfield ran its course.

Despite appearing in 11 matches, Wijnaldum has accumulated only 502 minutes on the pitch admits the situation is far from perfect since leaving Liverpool.

“I can’t say I’m completely happy,” he told NOS in his homeland. “Because the situation is not what I wanted.

“But that’s football and I’ll have to learn to deal with that. I’m a fighter. I have to stay positive and work hard to turn it around.”


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