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.