Liverpool’s Director of Football, Damien Comolli, says he is confident he can convince football’s top stars to join the club this summer – despite not having the lure of Champions League football.
Furthermore, Liverpool may miss out on qualification for Europe altogether with hopes of finishing in the Premier League‘s top five diminishing.
But Comolli is confident this summer will be a big one for the Reds on the transfer window, and the club remain a very attractive outfit to join.
“There will be movement (this summer),” he said.
“We are very attractive because of what we did in January and a game like that [against Man Utd in March]. Since the day after I was getting phone calls from agents telling me that their player would love to come and that we’re going to compete next year if we get it right. We want to bring top players to this club.”
Comolli also hinted that there will be a focus on a younger generation of players coming through, bridging the gap between the first team and what is happening at Liverpool’s Academy.
“A big part of my job is to make sure that there is a pathway between the Academy and the first team,” he added.
“If there is a big talent in one particular position in the reserves or the youth team, we need to anticipate that there will be room for him in the first team.
“If there is a very good young full-back we need to make sure we do not sign another player in front of him from outside.
“That’s the strong message I give to the staff at the Academy and the scouts, don’t push players in a position where we already have a talented player. If we did then we may as well shut down the Academy.”