Liverpool’s former Director of Football Damien Comolli has reared his rather irritating head a lot lately, ever since Jordan Henderson was named England captain for the fixture against Slovenia.
He’s claimed that he only got the sack from us because he signed the midfielder, citing Henderson’s success now as proof Liverpool did him an injustice.
Comolli has also explained why Liverpool spent a figure of around £20m to sign Sunderland’s 20-year-old back in 2011, suggesting Niall Quinn’s explanation of the player’s talents helped…
“We pushed the boat out for him,” the Frenchman told radio-station talkSPORT. “We had a budget in mind and I kind of decided to go over the budget by a million-and-a-half – a bit more actually.
“In the negotiations, Niall Quinn told me one thing that triggered something in my head. He said that in one of the derby games against Newcastle he misplaced a free-kick straight into the stands and took a lot of stick from the fans. And he said that the week after the game he took about 300 free-kicks on his own just to make sure it would not happen again.
“And I thought somebody who is so dedicated – first of all somebody who hates to fail, that was a strong sign to me of leadership – and somebody who is so committed to improving day to day, that’s worth another million-and-a-half.”
This seems a little odd, to us. Obviously the selling team is going to explain what a wonderful footballer their asset is to maximise profit!
It did seem like we paid over the odds for our captain at the time, but he’s probably gone on to prove those doubters wrong.
He was excellent in 2013/14 and 2014/15, suffering with injuries last term. This campaign though he’s been one of our best performers, making more passes and more touches than any Premier League midfielder so far (via Sky Sports).