21 Mar 2016

Transfer Stunner: Klopp confirms he'll sell £27m Liverpool star if he 'wants to leave'

Jordan Henderson to quit Liverpool? It seems unlikely, but according to Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, everyone is expendable at Anfield, including the club's captain.

Recent reports have linked £27m-rated Henderson with a summer transfer, and on Sunday, Sky Sports added to the current speculation:

"Jordan Henderson could be on the move in the summer, with Tottenham said to be interested".

When asked on Saturday about the possibility of Henderson leaving, Klopp told the Liverpool Echo:

"I am pretty sure it is only a rumour, but if not, and if a player comes to me and says he wants to leave, style of play, more money, then you have to start thinking. Only [Lionel] Messi, is unsellable".

Klopp could've take a different approach and emphatically outlined Henderson's importance to the team, but he's basically made it clear that he won't stand in his way if he wants to leave.

And that's fair enough. Henderson - recently hailed as 'brilliant' by Klopp - is one of Liverpool's most improved players over the last two years, but Liverpool can do better in his position.

Plus, is Hendo really that important to the team's forward progress? The first-half performance against Southampton on Sunday suggests that Liverpool can survive without him, though he was (arguably) missed in the second half.

One thing's for sure: I'd rather have Henderson in the team than Emre Can. Even with his injury earlier in the season (and ongoing heel issues) Hendo has made more creative impact than Can, who provides a goal/assist every 921 minutes.

I also have no doubt that Henderson would've have more of an impact on Liverpool's solidity in the second-half of the Southampton game, during which Can was exposed as the proverbial 'little boy lost'.

If Henderson stays, Liverpool fans appears to support a change in the captaincy. Earlier this month, I conducted a poll asking whether Klopp should appoint a new captain, or keep Henderson in place. The results:

Unfortunately, leaders are thin on the ground at Anfield, but Lucas Leiva is (arguably) the most viable candidate. If Klopp converts him into a full-time central defender, then Lucas has to be a possibility, and I truly believe he'd grow into the role and flourish as a leader.

Author: Jaimie K


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