Liverpool chief had to ‘beg’ FSG to bankroll Luis Suarez transfer

Former Liverpool chief Damien Comolli "begged" the club's owners to part with £21m to sign Luis Suarez back in 2011.

The Frenchman was one of the first appointments at Anfield when the American group purchased the club.

He eventually paid the price for Kenny Dalglish's failure to secure Champions League football in 2012, although his role in Suarez's transfer was crucial.

But had he not fought tooth and nail to secure the funds for the Uruguayan he may never have moved from Ajax.

“A few months before I took the Liverpool job I read a book called ‘The Green Monster’ on the story of the Boston Red Sox and FSG, who own that team,” he told the Athletic .

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“I could see they would be utterly ruthless if they didn’t feel comfortable with something and they were ruthless with me at the time. I still feel that it was an injustice. We won a trophy [the League Cup] and we got to the FA Cup final as well so two finals in the same season.

“We had no money. We had to borrow money from them to buy Luis Suarez. I was begging them to give me £21 million to buy Luis Suarez. They told me that money you are spending in January is your summer transfer money so you won’t have it in the summer. I said to them ‘no problem’.

“There was no money and the wage bill was through the roof. We had potential Financial Fair Play issues too. Everyone knows the story with the previous owners with [Tom] Hicks and [George] Gillett.

“After I left they changed the structure of the club at ownership level. Mike Gordon took over from John Henry and Tom Werner. He brought stability with how they ran the football club and the rest is history."

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Suarez only spent three-and-a-half years at Anfield but left a lasting impression as he almost hauled them to the Premier League title in 2014 – the same year he was named Player of the Year.

He scored 82 times in 133 games including 31 in a single league campaign before joining Barcelona.

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