Kenny Dalglish has final say on transfers says Damien Comolli

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Liverpool's director of football strategy Damien Comolli insists manager Kenny Dalglish will have the final say on all signings.

Former manager Roy Hodgson, who was not consulted over Comolli's appointment in November, lost his job on Saturday with Dalglish taking over until at least the end of the season.

Comolli was brought in by owners New England Sports Ventures to provide some stability and continuity to the inner workings of the club and is seen as the main link between Anfield and principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner in Boston.

The Frenchman welcomed the appointment of Dalglish and said all transfer decisions would be deferred to the manager.

"I think it is great for the club and from a personal point of view because the short time I've been here I have exchanged ideas with Kenny on the academy side," he said.

"We have spoken about how we will work and we have been talking all the time and exchanging ideas.

"As I have always said, if Kenny is not happy with a player we think could make the team better, or if he thinks it is not the right timing, it will always be down to the manager to say he is not happy.

"We haven't even had a chance to discuss the transfer window with Kenny because of everything that has happened.

"We have been working on it (a transfers list) with Roy and the owners and I need to update Kenny on what has been going on.

"But I don't know if there will be any activity because it is a very complicated market and we have to be very careful what we do."

Dalglish himself admitted he had no ideas about transfer targets yet.

"I am sure the owners have an opinion about the football club, they own it so they are entitled to, but that is why they put Damien in his position and me in mine," he said.

"They will leave it in our hands as to whether we need players or not."

Comolli said it was tricky to pinpoint why Hodgson had failed at Anfield.

"It is difficult to say why it didn't work under Roy," he added.

"Yesterday we were talking about why things suddenly changed, when after the quality of the passing game we showed here against Chelsea, West Ham and Aston Villa here, then we got two bad performances away at Stoke and Newcastle.

"Players then lose confidence and it is a circle of negativity which is difficult to get back.

"It is unfortunate because Roy is a very good man and it is a shame it did not work out."

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