By Abigail Withey
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has admitted that he is unable to influence Philippe Coutinho’s decision on whether or not he should leave Merseyside.
Barcelona are widely reported to have placed bids for Coutinho, 25, which has led to the Reds making a statement on their website where they said that he would not be available for sale this summer.
That has since led to the former Inter Milan ace to hand in a transfer request in order to try and force a move away from Anfield.
Coutinho was absent from the club’s Premier League opening match against Watford with a back injury on Saturday which ended with a less than impressive 3-3 draw.
It seems as though his Liverpool team mates, like the fans, are incredibly keen for the playmaker to remain at the club and captain Henderson has said that he won’t be able to stop the Brazil international from leaving.
“It’s a difficult situation for Phil and whatever I say won’t help matters,” he said, as quoted by Sky Sports ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League qualifier against Hoffenheim.
“We want Phil to stay because he is a world-class player. Ask anybody in the team – they want him to stay.
“I don’t think I can influence the situation. That’s down to Phil and the club.”
“I have had conversations with Phil as he is my team-mate. I’m close to him and I have a lot of respect for him.”
Coutinho is set to miss out on the club’s Champions League qualifying play-off in Germany on Tuesday and has not flown out with the 22-man squad.
Boss Jurgen Klopp will also be missing Nathaniel Clyne with a back injury, Danny Ings because of a knee injury and key players Adam Lallana and Danie Sturridge who have both sustained thigh issues.