Transfer talk

Comolli happy with transfer business

July 8, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli believes the club have done well to secure their top two transfer targets this summer, and revealed there will be much more movement before the transfer window closes in 54 days.

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So far Jordan Henderson has arrived from Sunderland with Blackpool's Charlie Adam becoming the club's second new face late on Wednesday. And while Comolli is ready to target further signings, with the club having two bids rejected for Aston Villa winger Stewart Downing, he accepts unwanted players must also be offloaded.

Paul Konchesky, David Ngog, Chris Mavinga, Christian Poulsen, Alberto Aquilani, Milan Jovanovic, Philipp Degen, Emiliano Insua, Danny Wilson, Brad Jones and Joe Cole are all surplus to requirements, showing the wastefulness of previous managers.

''We are very pleased because the two signings we've done were absolute priorities on our list,'' said Comolli. ''When you go into a transfer window you always have X number of targets and it's very rare you get all of them.

''We're lucky we've got two of our priorities. That's good, and I'm sure there'll still be a lot of movement, especially going out but also, hopefully, a few more coming in.

''There is always a strategy. It's about players who we've identified through the year. You identify players in positions where you think you're weak or, if not weak, you think you can get better or add an extra body. There is a strategy in terms of profile of players we want to bring in: the mentality, the attitude, the work ethic - and the age is also a factor.

''People think about the citizenship and passport - but this doesn't really matter as much as what I've just said.''

Of the signing of Charlie Adam, who is believed to have cost an initial fee of £7 million rising to £8.5 million, Comolli added: ''He's got the power, the strength, the stamina, and then technically he's got an absolutely fantastic left foot.

''He's a complete package of a very modern midfield player who can do several things on the pitch - and he brings this left foot that we didn't have in midfield until now. He's going to bring a lot to us in the run of play but also with set-plays.''

Meanwhile, Liverpool's principal owner John Henry has admitted their preferred option of redeveloping Anfield may not be possible as there are ''so many obstacles''.

''Anfield would certainly be our first choice. But realities may dictate otherwise. So many obstacles...'' he wrote on Twitter.

However, the club have distanced themselves from reports which suggested they were already resigned to building a new ground.

''The club's position on the stadium issue remains unaltered and no decision has been made,'' said a spokesman. ''We are continuing to examine both the options - the refurbishment of Anfield and the new stadium in Stanley Park.

''A huge amount of work on that is ongoing and an announcement will be made in due course.''

Moving to Stanley Park would overcome many of the restrictions the club currently have to work with at Anfield as a new purpose-built stadium could provide the increased seating and hospitality opportunities required to boost matchday revenue.

• Liverpool defender John Flanagan has signed a new long-term contract at Anfield. Flanagan, 18, made seven appearances at the end of the 2010-11 season after being given a chance by manager Kenny Dalglish. And Liverpool Comolli is confident the full-bac will justify the faith shown in him.

Comolli told the club's official website: ''The first thing everyone will say is he deserves it because he did so well for us towards the end of last season. Flanno had a long time left on his current deal but we felt it was the right thing to do, to reward him for what he's done.

''His attitude is absolutely terrific. As you see him on the pitch - committed, dedicated, the intensity of his game - is what he's like off the pitch. He's very professional, he knows how to look after himself and who to listen to, and I think that's why he's improved so quickly.

''He's only 18 years old and he's still got so much room for improvement in every area of his game - but he's already very good going forward, technically he's very sound. I'm sure in two years' time we'll talk about him having made even bigger progress.

''We're really looking forward to his development and seeing how he's going to do.''