Damien Comolli, remember him? Many Liverpool fans will recall Comolli’s spell at Liverpool as one of just signing average players for high fees. At the end of his day, his tenure was ended by FSG as they clearly saw that he was not adding much value to the club and would have run the club into the ground with his shopping spree.
Comolli was Liverpool’s Director of Football and joined the club in November 2010 but left in April 2012. Comolli played a key part in Liverpool’s transfer activities during his spell at the club as he brought in Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez in the January 2011 transfer window. What followed after that was the high spending on players such as Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing, Jose Enrique and Sebastian Coates.
Needless to say that the signings of Carroll, Adam and Downing simply did not work out for Liverpool. But looking back at it now, Comolli wishes for Liverpool to remember him as the man who brought Luis Suarez to the club as his biggest achievement.
Speaking to the Standard, Comolli said, “The answer to the question ‘what is my contribution to Liverpool?’ is when Steven Gerrard says the best striker is Luis Suarez. And getting Luis for a very good fee.”
Liverpool signed Suarez for a reported fee of £23million from Ajax and although there has been a lot of controversy surrounding the striker during his time at Anfield, he is undoubtedly one of the best players in the world today.
From a business point of view, Comolli did well to bring Suarez in for £23million as his value today could easily be double, if not triple that. Arsenal came in with a £40million bid for Suarez in the summer which was rightfully turned down by the club. You can expect more bids to come in for Suarez from across Europe and Liverpool will have to do all they can to keep the striker at the club as he can play a major role in bringing silverware back to Anfield.
A lot will depend on how well Liverpool do this season, if a top four finish is achieved then Suarez may just stay as he will have a shot at playing in the Champions League next season, which is what he desperately wants. But if Suarez decides to leave in the summer then one thing Liverpool can benefit from, is a healthy bank balance from his transfer proceeds.