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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