• Nick

    Liverpool have invested heavily in new players since John Henry took over and sold their star striker, Fernando Torres, to London rivals Chelsea for fifty million pounds.

    But since Henry admits to knowing nothing about soccer, as this article points out, these purchases have been handled by his general manager, Damien Comolli, an executive with an eye for young talent and an appetite for conflict with his coaches. Since taking over at Liverpool, Comolli has signed exciting super-stars like Luis Suarez (an attacker affectionately known as “El Pistolero”–“The Gunslinger”–in his native Uruguay) and the hard-tackling Scottish midfielder Charlie Adam.

    http://www.goal.com/en-gb/news/2896/premier-league/2011/11/10/2750563/liverpool-owner-john-w-henry-praises-damien-comolli-for-re

    But Comolli has also paid through the nose for players that have yet to prove they can compete against Europe’s best on a consistent basis, for example Jordan Henderson and Andy Carroll. Liverpool paid Carroll’s previous club, Newcastle United, 35 million pounds, a record for an English player but the young striker has only scored 4 goals in 19 appearances.

    • Nick

      This expensive hit-or-miss policy is similar to how Henry’s other team, the Boston Red Sox, handle their business in the free agent and trade markets. For every big-money success like Adrian Gonzalez (2011 Gold Glover and Silver Slugger Award winner) there is an expensive failure like pitcher John Lackey (6.41 Earned Run Average this season) and Carl Crawford (who hit .255 after signing a seven-year, $142 million contract which Henry initially opposed but okayed on the advice of his General Manager, Theo Epstein).

      After the Red Sox self-destructed this September, Henry quickly let his manager, Terry Francona, and Epstein leave the club.

      Don’t be surprised if Comolli receives the same treatment should Liverpool fail to qualify for the European Champions League this year and next.