John Henry Has ‘Difficult Time Understanding’ Why Coutinho Joined Barcelona
Liverpool owner John Henry says he cannot understand why Philippe Coutinho would leave Liverpool- even for Barcelona.
The Reds face Real Madrid in tomorrow night’s Champions League final in Kiev and Henry says that his club are the place to be.
Liverpool also lost Luis Suarez to the Catalan club back in 2015 and Henry says both players could have been playing in tomorrow’s showpiece final.
“Maybe it’s because I’m an American, but I have a difficult time understanding why anyone would want to leave Liverpool,” Henry told The Associated Press.
“The club is so rich in history and tradition, supported by so many millions around the world, in virtually every country of the world.”
“You don’t want to be in the position where players want to go somewhere else, even if it is a great club like Barcelona.
“It’s hard to understand why players would want to go to a league where the competition is so weak. They must play 30 or so meaningless matches per year waiting for Champions League matches.”
“They’ll be watching this weekend and could have been playing. But (part owner) Mike Gordon, (sporting director) Michael Edwards and everyone in our scouting department have done a terrific job in making the best of those two difficult situations.”