Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has talked up the role of Loan and Pathways manager Julian Ward.

Ward has come into focus after Rhian Brewster’s sale to Sheffield United – which includes a buy-back option.

Klopp has expressed just how important someone like Ward is to him and the players who leave Liverpool both on loan and with buy-back clauses inserted into their contract.

“It’s a very important role and we work very closely together” the Reds boss explained.

“If you have to go on loan, the best thing that can happen to you is that you have a contract with Liverpool because then Jules is looking after you.

“He travels a lot, he used to when travelling was allowed, and he is in constant contact – the players themselves would say the same, so that’s really good on a personal basis.

“On a professional basis, we have to try to make sure before a player goes on loan we try as much as we can just to find the right club – it’s very important.

“In Germany, I know more coaches a bit better. I don’t know that many here, so it’s sometimes a bit tricky for me to make these decisions around the kind of football they play and these types of things.

“Jules is doing an incredible job and that’s very helpful for us and for the players as well.”