Comolli exit disappoints Dalglish

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There have been ongoing rumours of an uneasy relationship between Kenny Dalglish and Damien Comolli, but the Liverpool boss insists he has never had any problem with the club's former Director of Football.

The Frenchman arrived at Anfield in November 2010, and was tasked with overseeing the club's transfer policy, having been appointed by the Reds' new American owners.

Comolli has come in for some criticism over the failure of a number of high-profile signings - including the record £35million deal for Andy Carroll last January - who have failed to live up to expectations this season, with Liverpool languishing in eighth place in the Premier League table.

On Thursday morning, a statement on the club's official website announced that Comolli had left the club by mutual consent, with the 39-year-old revealing he was returning home for family reasons.

Speculation has since suggested that the former Tottenham Hotspur employee had been sacrificed as a direct result of Liverpool's failure in the transfer market over the past 12-18 months, but Dalglish has been quick to point out that all the club's signings had been his choice.

"I had a fantastic working and personal relationship with Damien since he came here," he told Sky Sports. "It is disappointing but I suppose there is not much in football which comes as a surprise.

"He has been really helpful in every transfer target we've gone for. Everyone who has come into the club since Damien has been here was of my choice."

He added: "Once I made the choice who I wanted Damien went away and did a fantastic job of bringing them in.

"It is sad to see anyone leave the football club and he goes with my best wishes and hopefully it is not long before we meet again. We wish him well with everything that he does."

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