Liverpool owner John W Henry has revealed manager Roy Hodgson was surprised to learn of Damien Comolli's appointment as director of football strategy.
Comolli, who held a similar role at Tottenham from 2005 to 2008, is set to work closely with Hodgson as part of a management team.
Henry explained the Reds boss will need to have his targets approved before moving in the transfer market, but he is convinced the former Fulham boss and Comolli can work well as a team.
"I really didn't talk that much with Roy over the week or so before we made the decision to bring Damien in," Henry told Sky Sports News.
"I think he may have been surprised when I brought it up a couple of days before we brought in Damien. But he was fully supportive. He knows Damien.
"The model really requires people of certain personalities for it to work and Roy and Damien are two personalities who will mesh well together."