Comolli rules out French raid

Liverpool director of football strategy Damien Comolli has ruled out a raid on former employers St Etienne.

Having linked up with the Reds, one of Comolli’s duties at Anfield is to unearth potential new recruits.

He has plenty of prior experience in that field, having previously taken in spells at the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

His last post before arriving on Merseyside was at Ligue 1 outfit St Etienne, who have a reputation for youth development.

Having helped maintain that fine work, it was expected that Comolli would be tempted to return to his homeland and cherry pick the best talent.

He has, however, assured St Etienne that he has no plans to return to the club with a Liverpool chequebook, while he has also lifted the lid on the reasons behind his decision to take on a new challenge in England.

"I feel like a new person at Liverpool," Comolli told L’Equipe.

"It makes a nice change to have some clarity from the shareholders. On a daily basis my work has become a lot easier.

"I would like to point out, though, that I told coach Christophe Galtier that I will not destabilise his changing room. I have made no contact with any St Etienne player.

"Why did I resign? Because I didn’t feel on the same wavelength as the club anymore.

"I reached a point where there was no project left. Until the end of the summer market everyone let me work on my own and they were pleased with my efforts.

"Then, the relationship deteriorated. We promised to stay together until the end of the season, but I couldn’t stand it anymore."