Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson.

Liverpool fans are not happy with Jordan Henderson for comments on Coutinho's future

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Now that the first leg of Liverpool's Champions League qualifier with Hoffenheim is out of the way, attention will move swiftly back to Philippe Coutinho's future.

The Brazilian has handed in a transfer request amidst a desire to join Barcelona, but Jurgen Klopp and owners Fenway Sports Group are having none of it.

Under no circumstances are the Reds prepared to sell Coutinho this summer having already rejected a £90.6 million bid.

Klopp wants to build upon his squad before the transfer window closes on August 31 and losing Coutinho, no matter the money at stake, would be counter productive.

Coutinho hasn't featured for Liverpool yet this season and didn't travel with the squad to face Hoffenheim on Tuesday night due to an 'injury'.

Liverpool managed a 2-1 victory in Germany without their star man but the simple fact of the matter is that the longer this transfer saga drags out, the more damaging it could become.

Knowing your best player wants to leave can't be easy, with Roberto Firmino recently describing the idea of Coutinho joining Barcelona as "awful".

Captain Jordan Henderson has also been speaking about Coutinho's future on Merseyside and made a rather worrying admission.


According to the 27-year-old, he has spoken to his teammate about the Barcelona rumours but feels he can't influence the situation.

"I feel as though if I had conversations with Phil it's obviously private and I can't tell you," he said. "I don't think I can influence the situation but I can have conversations with Phil."

Henderson also explained that the Coutinho saga has nothing to do with him, which has infuriated certain Liverpool fans.

"At the end of the day anything that happens has got nothing to do with me," he added.

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To the contrary, Liverpool supporters think Coutinho leaving Liverpool has everything to do with Henderson, who as captain of the club and should be trying to convince him otherwise.

When Luis Suarez was threatening to leave for Barcelona in 2014, for example, then-captain Steven Gerrard managed to convince him to stay another year.

That's what Liverpool fans want Henderson to at least try and do, but because it seems like he's given up, they're destroying him on Twitter.


Whether Coutinho stays or goes remains to be seen, but Henderson risks the wrath of Liverpool fans if he doesn't make the Brazilian's future his business as captain.

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