Former Barcelona sporting director Txiki Begiristain has emerged as the latest candidate to replace Damien Comolli as director of football at Liverpool.

Comolli was sacked by Reds owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) last week; paying the ultimate price for the on-field failings of a number of expensive acquisitions.

The Frenchman was responsible for negotiating exorbitant fees to recruit the likes of Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing, both of whom have failed to make a lasting impact at Anfield.

Despite the apparent failure of Comolli to meet the targets required by FSG, the Liverpool owners will appoint another director of football, even though the position has rarely proved to be successful in the Premier League.

Dutch legend Johan Cruyff emerged on Friday as a the leading name to replace Comolli, but he has since ruled himself out of talking the role.

However, according to the Sunday Times, Cruyff has recommended Liverpool instead pursue Begiristain, who was responsible for signing Dani Alves and Yaya Toure during his time with Barca.

The 47-year-old played under Cruyff when the later was manager at the Nou Camp, and is considered to be somewhat of a protege for the former Barcelona boss.

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