Jurgen Klopp insists there is ‘no bad blood’ between him and Jordan Henderson
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted there is ‘no bad blood’ between him and former Reds captain Jordan Henderson, following the midfielder’s decision to leave the club this summer.
Henderson ended his 12-year stay on Merseyside to join Al-Ettifaq, becoming one of the high profile names of European football to join the Saudi Pro League.
The 33-year-old captained the club to Champions League and Premier League success under Klopp, starting 28 matches last season.
In a recent interview with The Athletic, the England international revealed he ‘did not feel wanted’ at Liverpool, commenting: ‘If one person at Liverpool asked me to stay, I would have’.
He added: ‘If I’m not playing, as anybody will know, especially the manager, that can be quite difficult for me and especially when I’ve been at a club for so long, I’ve captained the team for so long.’
Addressing those comments, Klopp opened up on those talks with Henderson, suggesting he was unable makes guarantees over first-team football opportunities which left his captain frustrated.
‘Hendo said the truth in all departments,’ Klopp said at a press conference ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash at Wolves.
‘I told him I wanted him to stay, but we had to talk in these conversations about the possibility of him not playing regularly.
‘Hendo is a fantastic player. I love him and he’s a super guy. But he’s not great when he is not playing. Like Milly [James Milner] and Lucas Leiva when I first came – they are great guys until they see they are not playing and they turn into Jekyll and Hyde.
‘We had to talk about that and I could not say he would play 50 games. That, in Hendo’s mind, was that we did not want him.
‘That was why it was better he moved on, but there is not a bit of bad blood or whatever.’
Klopp’s comments suggest that Henderson’s departure from Liverpool was amicable and that there is no bad blood between the two. Henderson was included in the England squad for September internationals and it will be interesting to see how he performs for his new club.
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