Liverpool signings let Comolli down - Mark Lawrenson

Former Liverpool defender and BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson believes the club's director of football Damien Comolli could have been made a scapegoat for their poor season, after he left the club by mutual consent on Thursday.

Comolli was appointed by club co-owners John W. Henry and Tom Werner following their takeover of the club in September 2010, and has overseen heavy investment in the first team squad.

But while their cup form has been good this season - including winning the Carling Cup in February - their league form has been poor, with the club currently lying in eighth place and having virtually no chance of getting a top four spot.

Lawrenson believes players like Jordan Henderson, Stuart Downing, Andy Carroll and Charlie Adam - all acquisitions under Comolli - have been "at best average for Liverpool", and says it appears the buck may have stopped with the Frenchman.

BBC Sport