It's safe to say few Liverpool fans will have been expecting such a remarkable turnaround in the career of Jordan Henderson.
The midfielder arrived at Anfield from Sunderland five years ago and immediately raised eyebrows as to why the club had spent £16million on him.
'Hendo's' first days on Merseyside were not happy ones, and it appears his transfer did not go down well with Liverpool's owners, the Fenway Sports Group.
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FSG haven't always had the best judgement when it comes to football matters - these are the same men who came up with the infamous 'transfer committee' and referred to the fans as 'customers'.
It looks like they got this one wrong, too, as Henderson has now been named as England captain for the Slovenia game - while he's also done a decent job as Liverpool skipper. Plus, who can forget that screamer he scored at Chelsea a few weeks back.
Former director of football Damien Comolli has been speaking about the time he decided to splash out on Henderson, even suggesting that it was one of the buys that eventually got him sacked.
“The day I got sacked they [Liverpool’s owners] told me I had made a big mistake on Jordan and he was a waste of money," the Frenchman told talkSport.
“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."
Of course, a lot of what Comolli says should perhaps be taken with a pinch of salt. Liverpool aren't the first club he's fallen out with - in fact, both Arsenal and Tottenham have been left unsure of what his credentials actually are for getting all these top jobs.
This is the man who claimed he was involved in the Gunners' signings of Thierry Henry and Robert Pires, a myth that was quickly debunked by Arsene Wenger.
It now sounds like he's going a little overboard with his praise of Henderson, as even many astute observers wouldn't have predicted the things he'd go on to achieve.
“I never said it publicly, but I was convinced he would be the future captain," Comolli added. Of course he was.
Liverpool may be well shot of their former employee, but they will be hugely grateful that they kept Henderson. The midfielder continues to flourish, and he is a player who has all the makings of a more permanent England captain.
Should Jordan Henderson be England's permanent captain? Who else should be given a try? Have your say in the comments.
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