Brendan Rodgers reveals delight at clinching Jordan Henderson deal

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Brendan Rodgers was the latest to have his say on the big news of the day – Jordan Henderson’s long-awaited contract extension – declaring the midfielder a ‘role model’ in Thursday’s press conference.

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The Liverpool boss certainly has every reason to be enthused about keeping hold of the man widely tipped to be his next captain, particularly when it might convince others to follow the now set example.

The Northern Irishman also explained that the deal is a prime example of club nurturing and retaining young talent, something that has become a major part of his time in charge.

His list of transfer signings is dominated by exciting youngsters full of potential. Alberto Moreno, Emre Can, Lazar Markovic and Divock Origi were all brought in last summer, while the success of Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho and Jordon Ibe have had a great deal to do with Rodgers’ approach.

Speaking about the Henderson deal, he told our official website: “We’re obviously delighted, we have been talking for a little while now.

“It’s great news for the football club and for Jordan that he’s going to spend the best part of his career development here at Liverpool.

“Obviously he is a big part of the plan going forward. So I’m delighted for him, delighted for the club and he can continue with his development.

“I’ve always said that the likes of Jordan and Raheem [Sterling] are very important players for us. Behind the scenes, the club is working very hard to ensure that we sign these types of players.

“Because if the model is to develop young players, once they have improved and become better it is very important that you then nail them to the club and make sure that they’re going to be here for the best part of their career.

“That was the case with Jordan. He came in and the club paid big money for him at the time because he had big potential and that potential has developed. He’ll go into the next phase of that, being more responsible and improving his game.

“For the likes of Raheem, coming into the team and into the squad, his representatives will speak with the club and hopefully get that organised as well.”

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