Sacked director of football Damien Comolli has once again hit out at Liverpool, claiming owners Fenway Sports Group claimed the signing of Jordan Henderson was ‘a massive mistake.’
Comolli was sacked just 18 months after being appointed by John W. Henry and co in 2010, and oversaw the transfers of Henderson, Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing, Jose Enrique and Sebasitan Coates in the summer of 2011 – whereas previously he had brought Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll to Anfield.
Comolli has moved to defend his mixed record at Anfield once again, using captain in waiting Henderson as the prime example.
“When I left Liverpool, the owners told me Henderson was a massive mistake,” he said.
“Now he’s turned out to be the next Liverpool captain and he’s a regular in every game.”
Comolli added: “I don’t think I have to justify whether Carroll was a good decision or a bad decision. Look at it as a whole.
“When people talk to me nowadays about Liverpool, they say what a fantastic job you did in bringing players like Luis Suarez and Jordan Henderson to the club.
“The issue I have got is when a group of owners approach somebody like me and say we want to invest for the long term, we want you to sign young players, we want you to put together a squad which has a future for the next three to five years, we want you to work with the academy and we start to do all this and after a few months or a few years they say: ‘Sorry, it’s not working out’.
“You cannot say you have to focus on the future and at the same time say the young players are not ready to compete at the top level.”