Liverpool has parted company with Damien Comolli with immediate effect, a statement on their website reading:
Fenway Sports Group and Liverpool FC confirmed today that Director of Football Damien Comolli had left the Club by mutual consent.
Principal Owner John Henry said: “We are grateful for all of Damien’s efforts on behalf of Liverpool and wish him all the best for the future.”
Liverpool Chairman Tom Werner added: “The Club needs to move forward and we now have a huge game on Saturday.
It is important that everyone joins us in supporting the manager and gets behind Kenny and the team and focuses on a strong finish to the season.”
Damien Comolli commented: “I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to work at Liverpool and am happy to move on from the Club and back to France for family reasons. I wish the Club all the best for the future.”
Comoli has previously worked with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in this country and, though some of his signings have been criticised, he’s been involved in signing players like Kolo Touré, Emmanuel Eboué, Gaël Clichy, Gareth Bale, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Giovani dos Santos, Adel Taarabt and Younes Kaboul, Luka Modrić and Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
Whether he had overall control at Liverpool is something only a few people will know but the signings of Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing for big fees doesn’t seem to fit in with his past record.
The ‘mutual consent’ and ‘family reasons’ in the statement are things we’ve all heard before but it could be that Comolli is carrying the can for Liverpool’s poor season.