Former Liverpool FC director of football Damien Comolli has surfaced to comment (again) on his time at Anfield.
Despite being sacked from his position 7 years ago, the Frenchman is still approached for his opinions on his time with the Reds.
Having signed duds such as Andy Carroll, Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing, Comolli claims that the signing of Jordan Henderson was the reason for his axing.
Commenting on the recruitment of Henderson and his subsequent dismissal, Comolli told The Independent: “It was a mix of four different factors [when we signed him].
“The first one: when we looked at his fitness data it was absolutely out of this world. That was very important, to know that he could match the intensity that physically Liverpool should play at. Secondly, when we looked at his technical and tactical data, he was doing things at Sunderland that were as good as some of the top midfielders in the Premier League. The third aspect was live scouting, we all watched him, all came back very enthusiastic about what we saw. And the fourth aspect is the personality.
“We made a lot of enquiries about what type of individual he was, his behaviour, his obsession for improvement. They talk about marginal gains, with Jordan every day it is ‘how can I improve, how can I gain 5% of marginal gains?’ The other aspect of his personality, when you spend a bit of time with him, you can straightaway tell about his leadership skills, his determination, his commitment. Everything you see on the pitch.”
He added: “I remember the day I was sacked, the owners told me, Jordan Henderson what a massive mistake it was. That was about the only thing they told me.”
On Henderson’s progress and promotion to club skipper following Steven Gerrard’s departure, Comolli said: “I am obviously very pleased because Jordan played a key part to what is happening at Liverpool.
“The second leg of the semi-final [against Barcelona] is just typical Jordan Henderson. The energy he brought to the team, the determination, the commitment, refusing to give up, refusing to lose. So when you put everything together, we were convinced.”
You can read the full interview that Comolli gave The Independent’s Jack Pitt-Brooke here. It’s worth a read.