Jordan Henderson has agreed a new long-term contract with Liverpool. The news will come as a huge boost to everyone associated with the Reds, who have had to endure a lengthy set of negotiations.
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Speaking immediately after putting pen to paper, Henderson told reporters: “There has been talk about it for a while now. It’s brilliant news for me to commit my future to this football club – I really feel that it’s a good time for us to look forward to the future, with the squad we’ve got, the manager, the size of the club and the fans we’ve got. I really think, over the next few years, we can challenge and start winning trophies.
“That’s the next phase; we’ve improved massively over the last few years, and I think the next phase for us is to start challenging for titles and trophies as well.”
The 24-year-old signed for the Reds in the summer of 2011, arriving as part of Kenny Dalglish’s large-scale revamp which also included Luis Suarez, Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing and Charlie Adam.
While he initially struggled to establish himself following his switch from Sunderland – perhaps under the weight of a hefty transfer fee – the youngster steadily began to grow and improve under the tutelage of Brendan Rodgers, establishing himself as a key player for both club and country last season.
His six goals and eight assists in the Premier League this season are the best tallies of his career so far, and he’s really stepped up in the last year.
He has since become the leading candidate to take over the Liverpool captaincy when Steven Gerrard leaves for LA Galaxy in the summer. The current vice-captain has held the armband for us on a number of occasions already this term, often with great success.