Former Liverpool chief makes big transfer claim: The owners told me this

DAMIEN COMOLLI has opened up on the transfer restrictions Liverpool’s owners placed on him in 2012.

The 44-year-old used to work as the Reds’ director of football.

And during his tenure he oversaw the big-money arrivals of fan favourites Luis Suarez and Jordan Henderson at Anfield.

However, Comoli says Liverpool’s financial backers, Fenway Sports Group, were keen to focus on bargain-basement players less than five years ago.

He told ESPN: “In the spring of 2012, the owners told me that we had a limited spending budget per player of £8.5m (€10 m) and we could only sign players who were under 21.”

There was ultimately one big benefit of that short-lived stance though.

Liverpool wrapped up an £8.5m deal for Philippe Coutinho the following January.

The Brazil star has since cemented his place as a key figure on Merseyside, catching the eye of Europe’s top clubs.

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