Comolli claims no Hodgson threat

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Damien Comolli insists he will not force players on Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson.

Director of football strategy insists transfers will be joint decision

Liverpool's director of football strategy Damien Comolli insists he will not force players on manager Roy Hodgson. Comolli joined Liverpool earlier this month in the new position, created following the takeover by the New England Sport Ventures (NESV). The Frenchman has previously served in a similar role at Tottenham and French outfit St Etienne, a role which is still new to most English clubs. There is suspicion that it undermines the manager's position, and doubt has been cast over the depth of Hodgson's influence at Anfield following Comolli's arrival. But while at Spurs, Comolli forged a reputation as a shrewd dealer in the transfer market, masterminding the signings of Gareth Bale, Dimitar Berbatov, Luka Modric, Heurelho Gomes and Roman Pavlyuchenko. NESV have described his appointment as "the first step in creating a leadership group and structure designed to develop, enhance and implement our long-term philosophy". And the 37-year-old claims he will merely suggest potential transfer targets rather than make the signings for Hodgson. "I think sometimes it becomes controversial and it should not be," Comolli told the club's official website in his first interview since being appointed.

Consensus

"As (new owner) John Henry said, it will be a consensus among us. That's the way John sees it, that's the way I see it and that's the way Roy sees it. "The manager's decision and the manager's opinion on a player is absolutely crucial. "As far as I am concerned, and the way I have always worked in this job, is do not bring a player in who the manager doesn't like because there's no point. "Talking in very basic terms, if you bring a player in who the manager doesn't like you are just wasting money, that's the bottom line. "That's the way I have always been working and I expect with Roy it will be exactly the same thing." Comolli crossed paths with Hodgson during their previous roles and he does not expect any problems in forming a working partnership with the Reds' boss. "We already had a good relationship from my time at Spurs when he was coach at Finland or Fulham," he added.
Frequent talks
"We've been talking at length since I joined, several times a day on different issues and different matters, not only related to the transfer window or to scouting, we talk about everything. "I think this relationship is going to grow in a positive way, that's for sure. We see things the same way. "So far everything we have discussed we totally agree and have the same vision. I expect that's going to go on." Asked why NESV felt the need to create such an influential role for Comolli, he added: "I think it was just a feeling between the owners, and Roy as well, that they wanted someone to be in there and come and help on a daily basis, support Roy in terms of making sure there is the best structure around all the club in all the areas which are football related. "I think John Henry and (chairman) Tom Werner really wanted someone to be in there to look at what we are going to do for the future."

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