“His time has passed”: Jordan Henderson admits that he thought £ 145 million sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona would be a “big loss” … but insists that Liverpool has now gone further
- Jordan Henderson insists that Philippe Coutinho’s time in Liverpool has passed
- Henderson thought a £ 145 million sale of Coutinho would be a “big loss” for the Reds
- The skipper of Reds insists that the team has become stronger since his departure
- The men from Klopp have won the Champions League since he left in January 2018
Jordan Henderson has distanced himself from speculation linking Philippe Coutinho with a sensational return to Liverpool by insisting that the Brazilian time at Anfield has passed.
The Reds sold Coutinho to Barcelona for a whopping £ 145 million in January 2018, but the 27-year-old is struggling to find his feet in Spain.
As a result, Coutinho was loaned to Bayern Munich last summer, while recent reports suggested that Jurgen Klopp wanted to make a move for his former player at the start of the season.
Jordan Henderson (left) insists that Liverpool returns because Philippe Coutinho (right) is off the cards
However, while the Brazilian would be welcomed with open arms, Henderson believes that the time of Coutinho has arrived at the club.
“Phil is a good friend of mine,” Henderson told the Spanish press SPORT. ‘I think he is an exceptional football, he has it all, he has a great attitude and he loves football.
‘So he would of course be welcome for me, but that doesn’t depend on me. It is probably best to ask the manager about that. The boys love him, so if you ask one of them, I’m sure they would say they would like him back.
Barcelona paid £ 145 million for Coutinho, but has since been shipped on loan to Bayern Munich
Henderson says he is still good friends with Coutinho and would welcome him back
COUTINHO AT LIVERPOOL
Signed: 2013 (£ 8.5 million from Inter Milan)
Sold: 2018 (£ 145 million to Barcelona)
“But I think his time has passed here, he has moved and I hope we see the same Phil we saw here in the near future.”
Henderson also believes that Liverpool as a team has become stronger since the departure of Coutinho and their current form supports his claims.
In the two years since Coutinho left, the Klopp men have reached the Champions League twice, won one of them, and are weeks away from winning their first ever Premier League crown.
Liverpool has been crowned champion of Europe in time since Coutinho left the club
Henderson admits that he thought the move by Coutinho Liverpool would have cost a lot, but maintains that he and his teammates did well without the playmaker.
“I thought it would be a big loss for us, it would be for any team,” Henderson continued.
“But I felt it was a moment to take a step forward. The boys have lifted their performances and we solved it well without him. “