Damien Comolli justified Liverpool’s sale of Fernando Torres to Chelsea in January, claiming that the Spaniard’s departure had lifted a cloud that had been hanging over Anfield ever since Torres expressed his desire to leave.
His departure also released funds which could be put towards the purchase of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll; another fact which pleased Liverpool’s recently-appointed director of football no end.
“Getting two players triggered the fact that we could sell one player who didn’t want to be here and get two who did want to be here,” Comolli told Skysports.com. “When you have someone who doesn’t want to be here and you swap him for people who want to be here, the atmosphere changes,” he concluded. Liverpool, it seems, is a far more harmonious place in Torres’s absence.
Pacheco set for Norwich.
Daniel Pacheco is set to join Norwich on loan until the end of the season subject to Football League approval, Liverpool’s official website reports.
Despite being an integral part of Spain’s European Championship winning under-19 side last summer, he has struggled for first team football at Anfield and it is thought that regular football elsewhere would benefit his development.
Norwich for their part are chasing a second successive promotion to the Premier League and believe that the Spanish youngster’s creativity will add impetus to their promotion push. Paul Lambert, the manager hoping to take him to Carrow Road, spoke enthusiastically of Pacheco. “I’ve been talking to Kenny Dalglish about him for a few weeks now,” he admitted. “The fact that he’s away with Spain’s Under-21s speaks volumes for his potential.”
Suarez unpredictability an asset.
Luis Suarez’s star has shone brightly since making the move to Anfield during the January transfer window. Already he has his first Liverpool goals and a man-of-the-match turn against Manchester United to his name, and Liverpool first-team coach Steve Clarke expects more to come.
“Unpredictability is one of his biggest assets,” Clarke told the Daily Telegraph. “As a defender you don’t know what he is going to do, so it is difficult.”
As well as his unpredictability, the former Chelsea full-back has been impressed with Suarez’s directness. “It’s a big, big asset for him and I think for defenders it is very difficult to play against,” he said.