Reds so strong claims Comolli
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.
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’.”
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