Comolli: Henderson deal cost me my Liverpool job

Speaking to Jim White yesterday on talkSPORT, Damien Comolli, the former Liverpool director of football, has said he lost his job thanks to the signing of Jordan Henderson.

Liverpool signed Henderson from Sunderland when Kenny Dalglish was the manager in 2011 and Comolli had a big part to play in the deal, but initial signs were that the midfielder would not be good enough for the Reds.

He lacked confidence leading fans t0 quickly got on his back, and Comolli was shown the door for his involvement in the deal.

Speaking about the transfer and the effect it had, he said: “The day I got sacked they [Liverpool’s owners] told me I had made a big mistake on Jordan and he was a waste of money.

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“Everybody is entitled to their own opinion, but I think we paid the right price. He was a young English, British player and we know very often that British players are overvalued. But we were more than happy to pay the price because we thought he would become an outstanding player. I never said it publicly, but I was convinced he would be the future captain. People will say it is easy to say now, but I was convinced at the time that he would become the Liverpool captain. Now he is and he is also the England captain.”

“He was a young English, British player and we know very often that British players are overvalued. But we were more than happy to pay the price because we thought he would become an outstanding player. I never said it publicly, but I was convinced he would be the future captain. People will say it is easy to say now, but I was convinced at the time that he would become the Liverpool captain. Now he is and he is also the England captain.”

“I never said it publicly, but I was convinced he would be the future captain. People will say it is easy to say now, but I was convinced at the time that he would become the Liverpool captain. Now he is and he is also the England captain.”

“People will say it is easy to say now, but I was convinced at the time that he would become the Liverpool captain. Now he is and he is also the England captain.”

Of course, since then Henderson has largely improved. After those first few difficult seasons, he started to come of age for Liverpool in the 2013/14 campaign, as the Reds went so close to winning the Premier League title – his running and energy was utilised to help out an ageing Steven Gerrard

Since then, he’s taken over from Gerrard as the Merseysiders’ skipper and also captained England last night against Slovenia.

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