Liverpool’s former director of football Damien Comolli has claimed that his decision to sign Jordan Henderson ultimately got him sacked.
Henderson has since made 35 league and cup appearances as Liverpool’s club captain, and is set to skipper England away in Slovenia in their third 2018 World Cup qualifier.
Comolli, who has also had spells with Arsenal and Tottenham, told talkSPORT that he had lost his job because Liverpool’s owners believed Henderson was not worth his £20million fee in 2011.
“He (Henderson) is one of the main reasons I got sacked,” Comolli told the Jim White Show, in an interview with talkSPORT.
“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.
“I never said it publicly, but I was convinced at the time that he would become the Liverpool captain. Now he is and he is also the England captain.”
Comolli was the man who brought in Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez to Anfield in his first two months, but is yet to find a new home after being fired by the Merseyside giants in 2012.
Henderson will be looking to inspire his England teammates as they aim to continue their 100 per cent record in Group F of Europe’s 2018 World Cup qualifying phase, on Tuesday night against Slovenia.
Former Sunderland man Henderson will become England’s 118th captain, joining the likes of David Beckham, Alan Shearer and Bobby Moore. As captain of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, he has an impressive 63 per cent win rate, winning 22 of 35 league and cup encounters.