Dutch legend could join Liverpool

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Liverpool have identified Johan Cruyff as a leading candidate to replace Damien Comolli as director of football, it has been claimed.

Comolli was relieved of his duties on Thursday afternoon by Reds owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) and the search to find his successor has already begun.

The Frenchman was responsible for making a number of failed signings, and negotiated exorbitant transfer fees to bring the likes of Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing to Anfield.

Despite the apparent failings of Comolli in the role and the general disdain for the position in English football, FSG still want to bring in another director of football, and Cruyff could yet be that man.

According to BBC Sport, Cruyff has impressed Liverpool owner John W Henry and the former, along with former Bayern Munich manager Louis van Gaal, is on a shortlist of replacements for Comolli.

Cruyff won three European Cups as a player with Ajax between 1971 and 1973, and 14 honours during his time as a manager.

Most notable of these was the European Cup as Barcelona boss in 1992, while the 64-year-old is also heralded for the impact he has had on the all conquering Barca side of today.

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