Liverpool's director of football Damien Comolli vowed on today that the club's purchase of English midfielder Jordan Henderson was just the beginning of their summer transfer activity. The Reds completed the signing of the 20-year-old midfielder from Sunderland on Thursday for a reported fee of £20m ($32.75m).
Henderson, capped once by England, became Liverpool's third major signing since Kenny Dalglish returned as coach, after strikers Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez arrived in the January transfer window. "We wanted to make a signing early," Comolli told the Daily Mirror.
"The earlier the better because we can then re-adjust our strategy or decide we aren't going to do any more - which won't be the case now! I'm very pleased, because Jordan was one of the big targets we had. When you get your first target it's always a good sign because you think the others will come through as well."
Liverpool have also been linked with moves for Ipswich's 18-year-old striker Connor Wickham and Blackpool's Scottish midfielder Charlie Adam, and Comolli says the club will prioritise home-grown players in their recruitment.
"If a player is English, or British or has played in the Premier League, we'll look at that over someone abroad," said Comolli. "We go for a player because he ticks all the boxes. It's what we need at this time in this window, and we have seen that with Henderson."