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Ex-Liverpool chief says he was told Jordan Henderson was a failure

Ex-Liverpool director of football strategy Damien Comolli says that when he was fired he was told by FSG that Jordan Henderson not performing at the club was a contributing factor.

He told the Independent: “I remember the day I was sacked [in April 2012], the owners told me, Jordan Henderson what a massive mistake it was.

“That was about the only thing they told me.”

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The former Liverpool chief was given the sack just before Brendan Rodgers was brought into steer the ship and although he would have been upset about being fired, he bears no ill will toward Jordan Henderson.

In Comolli’s interview with the Independent, he goes on to say that he is so happy to see Henderson thriving under Jurgen Klopp. He was signed from Sunderland in a deal worth around £20million but has not always been a beacon of success for Liverpool fans.

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The English midfielder will play in his second successive Champions League final this week and will be desperate to do everything he can to lift the trophy after experiencing the heartbreak of losing to Real Madrid last season.

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Earlier this season, Klopp made a crucial switch in his tactics which has ensured that Henderson is performing to the highest level he can by moving the former Sunderland midfielder into a more advanced role.

The skipper had previously been operating as a no.6 but Fabinho’s excellence in that role means Henderson’s flaws as a holding midfielder were highlighted and Klopp made a move which benefitted both players.

With the Champions League final just a few days away, Henderson lifting the trophy as captain would complete one of the most impressive redemption stories in football.

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