​Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has claimed that he will talk with wantaway teammate Philippe Coutinho regarding his transfer request but believes he cannot influence whatever decision the Brazilian takes.


Coutinho is subject to interest from Barcelona and wants to leave Liverpool but the club are adamant that they will not sanction any sale.


The Reds endured a similar situation back in 2013 when Luis Suarez wanted to join Arsenal but after talks with the then captain Steven Gerrard, he ended up staying and Henderson will now hold similar talks with Coutinho, though he accepts that he won't be able to influence him.



Speaking ahead of the Champions League play-off against Hoffenheim, as reported by the ​Independent, Henderson said, “As players, when windows are open, things like this happen. Players come and go."


“You’ve got to expect things like this and focus on what’s important. For us the biggest focus is tomorrow. We’ll stay together and make sure we take a good result back.”


“I don’t think I can influence the situation if I’m totally honest with you. That’s down to Phil and the club. But at the same time I’m good friends with Phil and I have a lot of respect for him. Of course I’m going to talk to him but those conversations will remain private."



The England international also spoke about the game against Hoffenheim, stating that the players are completely focused on the game despite the saga surrounding Coutinho's future,


On asked whether he has to remind the squad to be focused, Henderson said, “I wouldn’t need to. The focus won’t be affected at all, I can tell you that now. The most important thing is tomorrow.”


“It’s a big game, a big two games for us really. One of the aims last year was to qualify for the Champions League and these two games give us the opportunity. It’s a great opportunity for us and one we look forward to. It’ll be a tough test,” he added.