Liverpool has made some impressive moves in the transfer market this season, but the biggest change that has taken place in the club this summer has been undoubtedly behind-the-scenes.
Michael Edwards has stepped down as the clubs' sports director, replacing him with Julian Ward.
This is Anfield's primary role, which includes oversight of all of the club's major footballing decisions, including new signings, player sales, and, most importantly, contract negotiations.
Michael Edwards was absolutely outstanding at his job. He coached a Champions League and Premier League winning team, and he made some of the finest signings in modern Premier League history.
Edwards fell short of securing a contract in one area.
If there was to be one criticism of Edwards, it would be that he was not always the greatest when it came to persuading important players to stay at Liverpool.
Georginio Wijnaldum left on a free transfer just last summer, while Emre Can before him ran down his contract and left on a Bosman.
Liverpool lost two very expensive footballers for a sum of 0, and with the coming summer, there was a real possibility that the same would happen with Mohamed Salah.
Liverpool and the Egyptian were entering the final year of his contract, and after months and months of negotiations under Edwards' leadership, nothing had been reached.
The Reds were dealing with a repeat of the Wijnaldum situation with Salah, but Ward has now convinced him to sign a new deal till 2025.
Edwards made a lot of money from Liverpool, but he never quite negotiated a contract with an existing Reds player, and, in our opinion, Ward has already outdone his predecessor in this one crucial area.
Ward's willingness to hand Salah a pen to paper, quite simply, outperforms any contract negotiation Edwards ever participated in.