Comolli plots new Suarez search

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Liverpool's director of football Damien Comolli has revealed the club are looking to link up with Nacional to help find Uruguay's next rising star.

The announcement follows the club's signing of Sebastian Coates and Luis Suarez, who was formerly of Nacional before moving to Groningen and Ajax.

Such has been Suarez's impact, and the furore surrounding Coates, that Comolli believes Liverpool should look to make the relationship between the two teams a permanent one.

"I've got to thank the people from Nacional, the directors and their chairman, because they have been very helpful. They tried to help the player (Coates) complete his will, which was to come here," he said.

"They tried to find a solution for us to make it happen. We now have strong links with them because both Luis Suarez and Sebastian Coates have come from this club and been developed by their academy.


"We are talking about a partnership with them that we would like to create over the next three, four or five years, to see if there is more talent coming through. Maybe we can help them to develop their standards and in turn have the ability to bring those young players here."

As well as the Uruguayan pair, Liverpool also have Brazilian Lucas Leiva and Argentine Maxi Rodriguez in their ranks, players who only add to the club's South American links.

"During the Copa America they had 14 players out of the 23 who had at some point played at Nacional or were developed by Nacional," Comolli added "That is a fantastic record for their academy.

"So it is very interesting for us. We already have a strong link with South America through Lucas, Maxi and Luis.

"Since it's been such a success with Luis - and I'm sure it will be for Sebastian - why don't we try to make it an even bigger success by bringing in other players from Nacional?"

In addition to the signing of Coates, Liverpool brought six other new faces during the transfer window as they look to qualify for the Champions League and challenge for the Barclays Premier League title.

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