DAMIEN COMOLLI believes Liverpool’s summer spending spree has given them a “complete squad” as he hailed his “excellent” relationship with Kenny Dalglish.
The Reds’ director of football has revealed his delight at the business the club conducted during the transfer window.
It was a hectic few months for the Frenchman with seven new signings coming for around £56million and no fewer than 18 players moving on.
Comolli says top targets were secured and he can’t see any weaknesses which will need addressing when the window reopens in January.
“We are very happy but what we do during the season will decide how well we did in the transfer window,” he said.
“Most of the players we got were our priorities or were in our top two priorities. We’ve done what we wanted to do and strengthened the positions we had to strengthen.
“The two most difficult positions to fill in football are left full-back and central defender because there is a shortage of talent worldwide. That’s why we’re delighted to get the two we got in Sebastian Coates and Jose Enrique.
“We are very pleased with what we’ve done during this window and the previous one as well. For me it’s like a big window from January until August 31 and in total we brought in nine players. We changed the team and changed the squad.
“At the moment I would really struggle to say we need something there or something there because I think we have such a complete squad.
“Let’s see how those players develop, how they gel together, how the young players like Sebastian Coates adapts, and then we can make a decision later.”
Comolli is responsible for overseeing scouting, drawing up shortlists and completing deals but only after Dalglish has given the green light to potential signings. Many doubted whether the director of football model would work at Anfield but those fears have been allayed.
“From the first day Kenny started we’ve enjoyed a great relationship at work and even out of work,” he added.
“It has been excellent, not only during the transfer window.
“Sometimes we talk several times a day because things can change constantly. There wasn’t one time during the summer when we didn’t agree on everything, whether it was players going out or players coming in. Also because we prepared so much for the window in the last six months we knew before it started what we wanted to do. When you’ve done all the preparation it’s almost a smooth process.
“If there is a player Kenny isn’t comfortable with then we’ll never sign him. He’s the one at the end who has to say ‘I’m really comfortable with this player’ and ‘I like your recommendation’ or ‘I don’t like your recommendation’.”
Meanwhile, Comolli has defended the Reds’ decision to off-load midfielder Alberto Aquilani to AC Milan this summer. The Italian returned to Anfield in pre-season after a year at Juventus but failed to force his way into Dalglish’s plans.
“With him it was more a question of opportunities to play,” he said. “As I told Alberto, unfortunately in that position is someone called Steven Gerrard and it would have been difficult for Alberto to play.”
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