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Hodgson has final say on transfers - Comolli

By Dan Roan
BBC sports news correspondent

Director of football strategy Damien Comolli says Liverpool are under no pressure to make any signings in the January transfer window.

The Reds are struggling this season and find themselves down in 11th place in the Premier League table.

But Comolli said the club will not panic buy to turn things around.

"If it can be done in January, great," he said. "If it can't because we feel it is the wrong market or players are overpriced, then we will wait."

He added: "I'm not going to say we won't do anything in January because that is not the idea at the moment.

"We will do what is right for the long term. What is right for the long term can be something we do in January. We have a pretty good idea of what we would like to do and we have identified targets."

Comolli said Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson would have the "final say" on transfers.

"Roy will have to be comfortable with all targets we bring to him," he said, adding that they had a good working relationship and knew each other before the Frenchman's arrival at Anfield.

For a club this size, it's not about top six or top four - we must win everything that's winnable

Damien Comolli

Comolli joined Liverpool from St Etienne, where he was sporting director, on 3 November.

The 38-year-old, who is also a former director of football at Tottenham, was appointed by club co-owners John Henry and Tom Werner following their takeover of the club in October.

"If there's a possibility of us getting a world-class player, we will have the backing," added Comolli.

"John and Tom want to win - and you win with top players. The big thing is making sure the academy produces players for the first team.

"The club's not in a bad state. We've had some great results. It's not in ruins. Everything is there to be successful.

"We have to win and bring back trophies. For a club this size, it's not about top six or top four - we must win everything that's winnable."

Comolli, who was also a scout at Arsenal, also rejected suggestions he had taken the job with Liverpool in a bid to repair his reputation following his sacking by Spurs in October 2008.

"I didn't come thinking I've got a point to prove, I came because its a fantastic challenge," he said.

Hodgson, 63, certainly has to prove he is the right man for the job after a stuttering start to his Liverpool reign.



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