Cruyff denies Liverpool contact

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Johan Cruyff has rubbished reports linking him with the vacant director of football role at Liverpool.

Following the abrupt departure of Damien Comolli last week, reports had suggested Cruyff was in line to replace the Frenchman.

However, the Dutchman has denied contact with the FA Cup finalists, claiming talk of a move to Liverpool has no substance.

"I see my name is being mentioned in connection with Liverpool," he said.

"I don’t know where that has come from, because I have not heard anything from them. There has been no contact whatsoever. If you just read speculation like this, without any substance to it, there is no point taking it seriously. It is just talk."

After resigning from the Ajax board last week, Cruyff has taken a new role with the Eredivsie side where he will 'remain involved with the implementation of his football vision within the club'.

Cruyff's success with both Ajax and Barcelona made him a credible candidate for the role, however the Reds will have to seek out alternative options.

Comolli's departure came two days before Liverpool's FA Cup semi-final victory over Everton, which sets up a final against Chelsea in May.

Andy Carroll, whose form since his move from Newcastle United has been heavily scrutinised, silenced his critics with the late winner, his second in a week after scoring against Blackburn Rovers last Tuesday.

The blame for the poor showings of the likes of Carroll, Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing this season has been laid at Comolli's door, however manager Kenny Dalglish has since taken full responsibility for the recent additions.

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