Liverpool director of football strategy Damien Comolli has revealed the club’s transfer plans in an interview with French TV channel Canal+Sport.
Comolli also revealed they had discussed moving for Darren Bent before he joined Aston Villa, and confirmed interest in Luis Suarez and Ashley Young.
“We are looking primarily for an attacking player with pace because the team is short on pace,” he explained.
On Villa winger Young he said “For Young, if he is on the market then we will be interested. But I don’t believe that is the case.”
“And as far as Suarez is concerned, at the moment there is no dialogue with Ajax.
“He is one of the players we are interested in. Will he be available in January? This is another story.”
The Frenchman also discussed the club’s goals for the season “The Europa League is our main goal for the season.
“We have already won [the UEFA Cup] three times, and it’s important for us to win it again. For us it is the shortest route – and perhaps the only route – that takes us back into to Europe next season.”
Pleasingly, he also praised the Reds’ squad which was left behind by former manager Rafa Benitez – unlike Roy Hodgson continually claimed. “This team has quality. I am convinced that the squad left by Benitez is good, but it’s true that we need reinforcements.”
He also explained that despite the Reds’ poor season, top players are still attracted to LFC. “I am surprised in a way, given our results, the number of top level players who want to join us. They say that Liverpool is an attractive club, and most are also telling me that ‘you’ve had a bad season, but you won’t have two’.”
And finally, on the owners he explained “There is no more debt. The owners are willing to invest, there is plenty of money. When I first got here, the first question I asked was ‘do I have to lower the payroll?’ They said, ‘No, the important thing is to win.’ It was a great relief for me.”