Johan Cruyff dismisses Liverpool link

The Dutchman had been touted as a possible replacement for recently-sacked director of football Damien Comolli but distanced himself from suggestions he is set to join the Reds
Johan Cruyff has dismissed speculation linking him with the vacant director of football role at Liverpool.

The Ajax, Barcelona and Netherlands legend has reportedly been targeted by the Reds hierarchy as a replacement for Damien Comolli, who left the club last week.

However, in his column for Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Cruyff, who recently left his role on the board of directors at Ajax, quelled rumours of a move.

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

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“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.”

Liverpool co-chairman Tom Werner last week spoke of a "disconnect" in the club's transfer stategy leading to Comolli's removal.

The Frenchman, who had previously enjoyed spells with Tottenham and Arsenal, has been widely criticised for his role in big-money moves for Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing.