Reds so strong claims Co­molli

Midweek Sport - - TV GUIDE - By MATT JOHN­SON

DAMIEN CO­MOLLI be­lieves Liver­pool’s new squad is so strong that there are no ar­eas for im­prove­ment.

The Reds’ di­rec­tor of foot­ball helped Kop boss Kenny Dal­glish bring in seven new play­ers over the sum­mer.

The Mersey­side giants also off­loaded most of the dead­wood which had ac­cu­mu­lated over the last cou­ple of years.

Co­molli said: “We are very pleased with what we have done dur­ing this win­dow and the pre­vi­ous one as well.

“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, so it’s the time to re­flect.

“I’d re­ally strug­gle to say we need some­thing here or some­thing there be­cause I think we have such a com­plete squad at the mo­ment.”

Yank own­ers Fen­way Sports Group’s net spend in the two win­dows since tak­ing con­trol last Oc­to­ber is around £45mil­lion.

It was felt the huge cash splash was needed in or­der turn around the five-times Euro­pean Cup win­ner’s dip in for­tunes af­ter sev­enth and sixth-place league fin­ishes.

The re­cruit­ment of Luis Suarez and Andy Car­roll in Jan­uary and Char­lie Adam, Ste­wart Down­ing, Jose En­rique, Jor­dan Hen­der­son, Se­bas­tian Coates, Craig Bel­lamy and Doni over the sum­mer has made the Reds stronger in all ar­eas.

In­vest­ing

All but the 32-yearold Bel­lamy of the nine play­ers signed un­der Dal­glish are aged 27 or un­der.

And Co­molli pointed out this re­cruit­ment pol­icy was part of a longterm strat­egy and not just a quick fix

He added: “It’s not a work for one sea­son – it’s a work for two, three, four sea­sons, es­pe­cially when you are in­vest­ing in young play­ers, as we’ve done.

“Hope­fully we will re­flect back on the sum­mer of 2011, which was cru­cial, and then we’ll be happy with the work we’ve done.

“Let’s see how those play­ers de­velop, how they gel to­gether, how the young play­ers like Coates adapt, then we can make a de­ci­sion.”

While the de­par­tures of Chris­tian Poulsen, Joe Cole and David Ngog were ex­pected, the late trans­fer of Raul Meire­les to Chelsea min­utes be­fore the dead­line closed came as some­thing of a sur­prise.

Por­tu­gal in­ter­na­tional Meire­les, who was at An­field only 12 months, has since claimed he had not planned on leav­ing and was told he had to hand in a writ­ten trans­fer re­quest.

But Co­molli said: “Ba­si­cally he came to see me and said, ‘I want to leave, I want to play for an­other club’.

“Our in­ten­tion was not to sell him but we were put in a cor­ner a lit­tle bit.

“When some­one does not want to be here it’s dif­fi­cult to say, ‘You are go­ing to stay’.”

TAR­GET: Co­molli mas­ter­minded Liver­pool’s youth­ful trans­fer pol­icy

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