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Comolli bullish at Liverpool's prospects of attracting top players

A disappointing season for Liverpool is not enough deterrent to put the top talent off from wanting an Anfield berth, according to Director of football strategy Damien Comolli. The Reds are yet to make a signing in the current window, but Comolli said that was not for lack of interest despite the club languishing in 13th in the Premier League.

"I am surprised in a way, given our results, the number of top level players who want to join us," the Frenchman told Canal+ Sport.

"They say that Liverpool is an attractive club and most are also telling me that 'You've had a bad season, but you won't have two'."

Liverpool's American owners also came in for praise for providing the financial backing to improve the squad.

Comolli admitted they did consider Sunderland's Darren Bent before his £18million-plus transfer to Aston Villa but decided he was not the right fit.

"We thought of him, but we looked at his profile and thought that he would not be very complementary to Fernando Torres," he added.

"He is a player who is, as the English say, a lone wolf. He needs to play alone in attack."

Comolli also welcomed the financial backing of club owners Fenway Sports Group.

"There is no more debt. The owners are willing to invest, there is plenty of money," he said.

"When I first got here, the first question I asked was 'Do I have to lower the payroll?' They said, 'No, the important thing is to win.' It was a great relief for me."

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