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Henry sanctioned spending a club-record £35m on striker Carroll in January 2011
Henry and FSG were forced to invest heavily in bringing new players to the club right from the very off, and to initially help them with this exercise they decided to appoint Damien Comolli as the club’s Director of Football Strategy, with disastrous consequences.
While the Frenchman’s very first foray into the transfer market in January 2011 did result in the arrival of world-class attacker Suarez from Ajax for just £22.7 million, his next purchase following the sale of Spain international Fernando Torres to Chelsea for a British-record transfer fee of £50 million was not quite so successful, as the Reds splashed out a club-record £35 million on striker Andy Carroll from Newcastle United.
And what’s more, that folly was then further compounded later that summer when Liverpool yet again spent carelessly by signing the likes of Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing for more than a combined £45 million.
So in total, Henry sanctioned almost a £100m outlay on Carroll, Adam, Henderson and Downing. Carroll is currently out on loan at West Ham United as Liverpool seek a permanent home for the England international this summer at a price of about £10 million, while Adam was sold to Stoke City last August for just £4 million.
Henry did react to these disastrous buys by inevitably sending Comolli on his way in April 2012, however, things only appeared to get worse last summer under new coach Rodgers when the club became entangled in an embarrassing transfer saga involving the on-off purchase of Fulham attacker Clint Dempsey, who FSG deemed too expensive to buy at just £5 million.
Matters then came to a head when Henry wrote an open letter to the club’s long-suffering supporters in September explaining their limp display in the previous summer’s transfer window.
But to the Bostonian’s credit, he did appear to learn from these catalogue of errors in January with the addition of arrivals of the calibre of Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea and exciting Brazil international midfield schemer Philippe Coutinho from Serie A giants Inter Milan.