Comolli: I told Liverpool Carroll only worth £20M

Damien Comolli has again defended his work at Liverpool. The former football chief oversaw huge spending at the Reds during his time in charge.

Damien Comolli has again defended his work at Liverpool.

The former football chief oversaw huge spending at the Reds during his time in charge.

He told the Sunday Mirror: “When we talk about pressure, blame should be on the clubs not on the player. At Liverpool, and I would include myself in this because I was there, you have to manage expectations. But I would not say that has ­anything to do with Andy Carroll’s fee.

“There was an inflated price on Fernando Torres and we got ­unbelievable money for him. We looked at it not as a two-player deal, but as a four-player deal.

“We also sold Ryan Babel at that time and we signed Luis Suarez, and we made a profit. That is the way we looked at it at the time.

“I said we were overpaying by £15m for Carroll, but that if the player is not successful we will still get £20m back on him.

“And since then Liverpool have had a big loan fee from West Ham – they paid his wages for a year, and Liverpool have now sold him ­permanently to them.

“People have forgotten that and they shouldn’t.”

 
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