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Liverpool are making the same mistakes again - Comolli

Luke Edwards

Published 24/07/2015 | 02:30

Damien Comolli
Damien Comolli

Liverpool have been warned they have made the same mistakes in the transfer market as last season by their former director of football Damien Comolli - and that they will again struggle to compete for silverware or Champions League qualification.

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Although Liverpool appear to have addressed most of the weaknesses in their squad by bringing in seven new players, Comolli believes they are foolish to have made so many changes in such a short time.

The sale of Raheem Sterling to Manchester City for £49m has funded Liverpool's spree, with Christan Benteke the latest to join for £32.5 m from Aston Villa. Manager Brendan Rodgers argued last season it had been difficult to settle the likes of Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Lazar Markovic at the same time, although others questioned the quality of the signings.

Risk

"It is always a big risk to make so many changes during one transfer window," said Comolli. "I thought it was a huge risk last year after selling Suárez and bringing in, I think, nine. Now they have decided to change a lot again and totally rebuild. That is always a massive, massive risk. They have bought in players who have got talent, but they are going to compete against some very settled teams.

"Arsenal, United, City and Chelsea are making subtle adjustments to their squad and Liverpool are changing everything every year. I'm not convinced it is the right approach. It is too much in two off-seasons."

Comolli was brought in by Liverpool's owners Fenway Sports Group after their takeover of the club in 2010, but left 18 months later after mixed results in the transfer market, meaning his swipe may be brushed aside in the boardroom. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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