FORMER Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli has claimed that England’s stand-in captain Jordan Henderson was “one of the main reasons I got sacked”.
The former Arsenal and Tottenham director was released from his role at the Reds in 2012 after failures in the transfer market.
The Frenchman was told that Henderson was a “waste of money”, when he was signed from Sunderland in June 2011 for £16 million.
The midfielder is now Liverpool’s captain, and was England’s in the goalless draw with Slovenia, but according to Comolli, he is a big reason he lost his job at the Reds.
“Henderson is one of the main reasons I got sacked,” Comolli told talkSPORT.
ONE YEAR ON
“The day I got sacked they told me I had made a big mistake on Jordan and he was a waste of money.
“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 added: “I was totally convinced, as was Kenny [Dalglish], that we were doing the right thing for the club.
“He fitted the profile we were looking for. We knew he was an outstanding person, we knew he had leadership skills, we knew he was totally dedicated to football, to his passion, and we knew he was someone who wanted to improve on a day-to-day basis.
“We knew his physical abilities — his fitness stats were absolutely unbelievable. We were looking at statistics and we were going through a lot of midfield players in the Premier League and what amazed me and caught my eye was his ability to create quality chances.”