Liverpool approach highly-rated German for sporting director role


Liverpool are reportedly hunting for a new Sporting director and have approached former RB Leipzig man Max Eberl for the job.

The Reds’ current sporting director, Jorg Schmadtke, signed only a one-year contract after replacing Julian Ward in the summer. As such, Jurgen Klopp’s side are looking for a replacement, with Eberl high on their list of targets.

However, the 50-year-old is believed to be in high demand, with BILD reporting that Liverpool will go head-to-head with Bayern Munich to secure his signature.

Eberl became available for the role after he was sacked by Leipzig in September, with the club citing a lack of commitment to the role following links with a move to Bayern while he was in the role.

Meanwhile, according to Sportsmail, Liverpool CEO Billy Hogan has contacted Eberl over an agreement, hoping a deal can be reached for an appointment soon.

Eberl played as a right-back during his career, turning out for Bayern and Borussia Monchengladbach, and he was also a Germany U21 international.

After retiring in 2005, he went into a managerial role with Borussia Monchengladbach, where he was academy manager for three years before stepping up to become director of sport for over ten years.

The 50-year-old moved to Leipzig in December 2022 but was let go after just nine months in September this year following reported interest from Bayern Munich. 

Eberl and Liverpool manager Klopp share the same agent, which could positively affect negotiations. The German has been credited with helping the careers of several players who have passed through the Bundesliga, including Granit Xhaka, Marco Reus and Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Meanwhile, current Sporting Director Schmadtke has not ruled out staying longer at Liverpool, though he will unlikely do so.

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