Dominik Szoboszlai is the latest Liverpool transfer ‘short cut’ as the Sadio Mané trick repeated

Michael Edwards proved to be a master of the transfer market during his time as Liverpool’s sporting director. Now unattached to any club after taking a well-deserved break from football, he guided recruitment decisions at Anfield for a decade, although only half that time was spent in the top-flight role.

Edwards bought the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané, Virgil van Dijk, Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Luis Díaz to name just a few. Expert at spotting players who would deliver and develop on Merseyside, he also showed an ability to sell fringe players at reasonable prices.

During his tenure, he recycled a number of tricks as he tried to get a head start in the transfer market. Targeting players who had just been relegated, for example, was his signature move, with Andy Robertson, Gini Wijnaldum and Xherdan Shaqiri all signing at cut-price prices after suffering relegation to the Championship from the Premier League.

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Another of his favorite cheats involved hunting down the best performing players from the Red Bull network. The energy drink company has RB Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg under its umbrella in the world of football, with both sides expected to represent a similar brand of football on the pitch.

To complement Red Bull’s core values ​​as a drink, Leipzig and Salzburg need to embrace a certain style of play. Emphasis is placed on speed, aggression, high pressure and quick attacks, with very little attention paid to backward or lateral passing.

The players representing Red Bull clubs must also share comparable qualities as they are expected to perform that intense and demanding style of play. The players contracted to Leipzig and Salzburg are generally young, energetic, athletic, physical and proactive.

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