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Jordan Henderson praises Liverpool ownership amid fans criticsm

Former Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson has publicly backed Fenway Sports Group’s ownership of the Merseyside outfit amid growing criticism from some sections of supporters.

Henderson spent 12 years at Anfield before joining Saudi Pro League side Al-Ettifaq in the summer to join forces with another ex-Red, Steven Gerrard.

During his trophy-laden stint at Liverpool, the 33-year-old won eight major titles, including the Champions League and Premier League, playing a notable role in Jurgen Klopp’s set-up.

The veteran midfielder joined the club in 2011, a year after FSG completed the takeover, and he believes the current ownership has done ‘remarkable’ things to help the team’s return to prominence.

“Honestly, I can only have positive things to say about the ownership,” Henderson told The Athletic.

“They’ve been so good. It’s plain for everybody to see.

“When they came in and took the club over to where it is now and what they’ve achieved in that time — pretty much the same length of time as I’ve been there — has been remarkable, really.

“These guys are smart people. They know what they’re doing. They’re not a club that’s going to go and splash one hundred, two hundred, three hundred million on a player.

“They know what they need and sometimes — in my situation — that’s not nice at times. But it’s the best thing for the club. It’s the best thing for the team.”

FSG has come under fans’ scrutiny after ‘failing’ to sufficiently back Klopp in the summer transfer window despite utmost efforts to bring in the likes of Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia.

Liverpool lost both those transfer battles to bitter rivals Chelsea and eventually had to settle for second-choice options in Wataru Endo and Ryan Gravenberch.

Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai were the two marquee signings in the transfer window just gone, yet Liverpool failed to find a replacement for former stalwart Roberto Firmino.

Fans’ unrest has caused FSG to consider the sale of a minority shareholding, but they seem to have dropped the idea of selling the club outright.

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