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John Henry puzzled that Suarez and Coutinho quit Liverpool

John Henry & Tom Werner

Liverpool owner John W Henry can’t get his head around why Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho quit Anfield for La Liga.

The Reds come face-to-face with Spanish giants Real Madrid tomorrow in the Champions League final and he thinks that both players would have been involved had they not jumped ship.

Henry said: “Maybe it’s because I’m an American, but I have a difficult time understanding why anyone would want to leave Liverpool.

“The club is so rich in history and tradition, supported by so many millions around the world, in virtually every country of the world.

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“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 Mike Gordon, Michael Edwards and everyone in our scouting department have done a terrific job in making the best of those two difficult situations.”

Liverpool may have reached a European final but they haven’t won a league title since 1990. While Fenway Sports Group (FSG) insist they want to rectify that, Henry feels supporters may consider the European Cup as more important than a Premier League title.

He added: “Liverpool has a history in European competition and it may be more important to many of our supporters. Is a European championship bigger than an English championship? Most people would say, ‘Yes, much more so.’

“However, in many ways the Premier League is the world’s Premier League – there is nothing like it.

“Viewership dwarfs other leagues. Interest in the Premier League is far greater than the Champions League until the last month of the season. Probably because the vast majority of Champions League matches are not compelling for the first few months of the competition.”

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