Sunday 22 April 2018

Henry's revised exit strategy proves to be a stroke of real genius for Reds

Liverpool owner John Henry
Liverpool owner John Henry

Colm Parkinson

John Henry was just over a year as Liverpool owner when he faced his first major challenge. His star striker and fans' favourite Fernando Torres wanted out of the club.

Liverpool's decision to sell two other world-class midfielders, Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano, in the previous two seasons had a big bearing on the Spaniard's decision to leave. Was Liverpool becoming a selling club? Regarding the Torres sale, Henry said: "Frankly, we don't want players at the club who don't want to be at the club." It's an attitude shared by many managers and owners. Players become disruptive and get their transfer.

This season Luis Suarez wanted out. "I am 26, I need to be playing in the Champions League. I feel I have done enough to be playing in the Champions League at this stage of my career. Now there is an option for me to do that and I want very much to take it."

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