Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli has revealed his delight at the progression January acquisitions Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll have already demonstrated.

The strike duo both moved to Anfield on deadline deal for a fee totalling over £58 million and have quickly adapted to life at Liverpool.

While Carroll has been forced to take more of a back seat due to injury, Suarez has flourished under Kenny Dalglish - scoring on his debut, as well as putting in a man-of-match display against Manchester United and adding a fine solo effort against Sunderland.

The 24-year-old's move to Anfield was one of the longest running sagas of the winter transfer window, but Liverpool were helped in their pursuit my the fact the Uruguayan only wanted to join the Reds, as Comolli explained.

He said: "He had opportunities to join other clubs, including in the Premier League, during the window, but as soon as we started talking to him he was very committed and was saying 'I only want to play for Liverpool, I only want to come to Liverpool."

After Suarez sealed three points for Liverpool on his debut against Stoke, Comolli was seen in the stands high-fiving a colleague - such was his delight at the transfer paying instant dividends.

Of the incident, Comolli added: "I was relieved we had scored the second goal. The high-five was because there was a lot of teamwork involved.


 

"We worked so hard to get this transfer done. It was a very, very long and difficult negotiation with Ajax.

"It was a way to say thank you to all of the people at the club who worked so hard to get the transfer. For him to score on his debut was a great gift for everybody who was involved."

And, despite Carroll not yet finding the net since his return from injury, Comolli has every confidence that the 22-year-old will strike up a fearsome partnership with Suarez.

"He's young, English, with all the attributes you want from a modern centre-forward in the way we want to play," he added.

"If you hear what the other players are saying, they are very positive because they see what is happening at training and see that Andy is very difficult to handle for defenders and that Luis is so clever.

"You could see in several situations on Sunday [against Sunderland] that they were really looking for each other on the pitch and starting to click."

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