Comolli: Judge my Liverpool spell on £23m star not Carroll

Former Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli has defended his record.

In English football Damien Comolli is practically unemployable, such are the images of wastefulness which come to mind when the Frenchman's name is mentioned.

It sounds odd considering he is the man who signed two of the world's best players, Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez.

His reputation instead is one connected with high profile flops. At Tottenham £15 million spent on David Bentley, a player still now without a club, and at Liverpool the £35 million spent on Andy Carroll, not to mention additions of Stewart Downing and Charlie Adam and big prices - all three now moved on.

Still he is determined to defend himself, conducting a lengthy interview with The Evening Standard this Tuesday.

In it he is adamant on his record at Liverpool, and feels he should be judged on the ones he did get right.

He said: "The answer to the question ‘what is my contribution to Liverpool?’ is when Steven Gerrard says the best striker is Luis Suarez. And getting Luis for a very good fee."

Comolli should of course be commended for buying Suarez, whose £23 million price tag has at least doubled and arguably trebled since then.

The striker is the top scorer in the Premier League despite missing the first six games through suspension.

It should be remembered at the time Comolli was axed in early 2012, Suarez was not in freescoring form, and had been embroiled in a PR-nightmare for the club, amid allegations of racial abuse.

But he is not necessarily arguing his sacking, more that he wants to be remembered more fondly, or less critically. After all, this is a man who has aspirations of another job, in another country perhaps, and wants the credit he feels he has earned, to go along with the criticism.

Suarez was no unknown he plucked from obscurity, already making a name for himself at the 2010 World Cup. His exploits in Holland were well reported, but such are clubs' reluctance to gamble on hit and miss Eredivisie performers, Comolli will feel he did well to be bold and get in their first.

Andy Carroll, not so much.

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