Former Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli has revealed how he brought Michael Edwards to the club as he detailed the impact made by his successor.

And the Frenchman believes the Reds were put on the path to glory by moving Fenway Sports Group president Mike Gordon into a more involved role at Anfield.

Comolli was one of the first appointments made by FSG, then known as New England Sports Ventures, after completing their £300million takeover at Anfield in October 2010.

As part of his remit, the Frenchman oversaw the creation of an improve analytics department and snapped up Edwards from Tottenham Hotspur as head of analytics in November 2011.

Edwards was subsequently promoted to director of technical performance and technical director before taking his current role when it was reintroduced in November 2016.

And Comolli, who left Liverpool in April 2012, has provided some insight on arguably the most publicity-averse member of the Reds hierarchy.

"The most difficult thing with data is to make sense of it, then transmit it to the coaches or players in a way that will be useful to them," he said.

"I asked people around the game who is the best one, and one of them told me Michael Edwards at Tottenham.

"Everybody thinks I worked with Michael when I was Tottenham, but that wasn't the case. I called him, I told him the position I was planning to create, we had a couple of meetings and then he took the job.

"He's a very, very bright guy, very bright. We didn't work over there for a long period of time, but when I left I told him he was going to take over. He said 'no way'. I said 'I'm sure they are going to make you sporting director at some point and give you more responsibilities'."

Comolli added: "When Brendan Rodgers came in and said he would never work with a sporting director - which I never believed - I thought Michael would wait there for a while and they were probably going to create that position (again) later on. In US sports, every team has a general manager of president of operations.

"(After Brendan went) they made two key decisions after that. One was to appoint (Jurgen) Klopp, and the second was to organise the club around Michael Edwards as sporting director. That put them on the right track."

Comolli was initially appointed as director of football strategy, finalised the deals for Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll in January 2011, and was later made director of football.

Speaking exclusively to The Athletic's David Ornstein in The Ornstein & Chapman Podcast, Comolli highlighted a change in the hierarchy which has proven of huge benefit to Liverpool following his departure, with the Reds both European and world champions, 22 points clear at the Premier League summit and having posted record revenues in excess of £500million.

"I always felt something could happen," he said. "After I left, they changed the structure of the club at ownership level, Mike Gordon took over from John Henry and Tom Werner and he brought stability in the way they run the football club, and the rest is history.

"It's great for Liverpool Football Club, it's great for English football.

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"Mike Gordon I probably knew the least as he came on to the scene towards the end of my time there. I connected with him very quickly as you could see he is the one who has the best football understanding.

"I don't know a lot about him but I hear very good things about the way he runs the club.

"John Henry is very analytic-driven, he is cold and gets to the point. Tom Werner is more warm, he comes from the entertainment business, so different personalities. They compliment each other quite well."