Liverpool’s Comolli in dig at departed Torres

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Liverpool’s newly promoted Director of Football, Damien Comolli believes the atmosphere at the club has improved greatly since the departure of Fernando Torres in January.

The Reds ripped off Chelsea for £50million for the Spanish striker, who is yet to score for his new club, and Comolli believes the air of negativity Torres had at the club has now been lifted.

He said, “When you have someone who doesn’t want to be here and you swap him for people who want to be here the atmosphere changes.

“It’s like there is a bright new sky with no cloud over our head from the day that happened. So it’s been only positive.”

Comolli was given a promotion from Director of Football Strategy to Director of Football after impressive work since joining the club in November last year.

Comolli was intrumental in negotiations to bring Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez to Anfield, who has set the team alight in his first few games at the club.

Meanwhile, he is equally happy with the acquisition of Andy Carroll, who made his first league start for the club after injury in Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

He continued, “I am very, very pleased for two reasons. First, because we got a top player. He’s young, English, with all the attributes you want from a modern centre-forward in the way we want to play.

“Secondly, because getting two players triggered the fact that we could sell one player who didn’t want to be here and get two who did want to be here. That was really a relief for those reasons.”

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