- Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards has a mythical status among the Reds faithful.
- He started as an analyst at Portsmouth, where he explained to players how they performed in games with statistical analysis.
- Ex-Pompey man Richard Hughes said that Edwards' experience as a youth footballer helped him become a popular figure among players.
- They were looking forward to his reports even if he slammed them for poor performances.
However, the club's sporting director started as a footballer at Portsmouth, and, after studying at university, took a job at Pompey as a performance analyst in 2003.
"On Mondays, he used to be the first port of call for myself and a good few of the other boys," Hughes told Bleacher Report. "We'd go into his office and have our stats read back to us on how we'd performed at the weekend.
"He'd played football himself, so he was used to that sort of camaraderie and those exchanges of banter with footballers.
"A lot of people in those roles come from a non-footballing background and sometimes they find fitting into the atmosphere of a football club quite difficult. Michael was different because he had an opinion, and he let you know it.
"He's got a great sense of humour and he wasn't afraid to tell me or even my more illustrious team-mates that we'd been garbage at the weekend, statistically speaking. He was the first person with that job description that I'd come across as a player.
"If I was going into a game on a Friday afternoon, I'd ask him what he could tell me about whoever I was playing against and if there was an angle he could give me to help me the next day.
"It's probably more a question you'd ask a coach or a manager, but Michael had that respect from us. We treated him as someone whose input was not only worthwhile but desired."