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Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards has dropped a hint about who his favourite Reds player is by revealing the name of his dog. Edwards will leave Anfield next summer when his contract expires.

“One of the other questions I always get asked is, ‘Who was/is your favourite player,’” Edwards wrote in an open letter to fans after his departure was announced on Wednesday.

“That’s a really difficult question to answer so I won’t even try. All I will say is my dog is called Bobby.”

Roberto Firmino – or Bobby as he is affectionately known as – joined Liverpool in 2015, before Edwards took up his current role at the club.

The Brazil international has gone on to make 303 appearances for the Reds, scoring 93 goals and assisting 70 more.

Firmino has been a key player under Jurgen Klopp and has formed part of the team’s famous front three alongside Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in recent years.

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The striker was instrumental during Liverpool’s run to Champions League glory in 2019, before playing a key role once again as the Anfield side won their first-ever Premier League title a season later.

Edwards, meanwhile, has been responsible for Liverpool’s incoming and outgoing transfers over the last five years.

He can be credited with signing the likes of Salah, Fabinho and Virgil Van Dijk, while also selling some of the squad’s fringe players for arguably much more than their market value.

And the 42-year-old used his open letter to clarify his reasons for deciding to quit Anfield.

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“I had always planned to cap my time at the club to a maximum of 10 years,” Edwards wrote. “I’ve loved working here, but I am a big believer in change.

“I think it’s good for the individual and, in a work setting, good for the employer too.

“Over my time here we have changed so many things (hopefully for the better) but someone new brings a different perspective, new ideas and can hopefully build on (or change) the things that have been put in place beforehand.

“That’s how I believe businesses/football clubs stay ahead – you need to evolve and at the heart of this kind of process is always people.

“That evolution has always been central to Liverpool’s history and I hope that this is one thing that doesn’t change.

“As my wife would testify, I’m not great at the here and now. I’ve always looked ahead and for the past couple of years I’ve known that the time for me to leave this role was approaching.”

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