Liverpool’s potential captain for next season Jordan Henderson has had his say on the Raheem Sterling transfer debacle, after the player’s agent Aidy Ward claimed his client wouldn’t extend his contract even for £900k-per-week (via Evening Standard).
As a result, our 20-year-old has been continually linked with big summer transfers away from Anfield (most recently to Manchester City in the Independent), and the consensus is split over whether he’ll stay.
Henderson though is desperate for his Liverpool and England team-mate to put the dispute behind him a sign a lengthy deal to stay at Anfield for years to come…
“He is not who people think he is,” said the 24-year-midfielder.
“He gets a bit of criticism because of how things have been dealt with, but I know him better as a person.
“I could not fault him as a person or a player. He is a great lad and gives everything for the team.
“For such a young lad he is so mature and does not let the outside world affect him.
“His work ethic is amazing. He is improving all the time. I hope we can keep him at Liverpool for many years, he can blossom here and become a top player.”
As well as delivering a clear plea for Sterling to stay, Henderson praised our latest signing, James Milner.
The 29-year-old confirmed his Liverpool move yesterday (via the official website), and could well be lining up alongside Henderson in midfield next term.
“Milner is a fantastic signing, not only as a player for his quality but as person in the dressing room, on the training field and the experience he has got – it is a massive signing.”
The quotes go some way in explaining just how much of a professional Henderson is. In reality, the rest of the Liverpool squad are probably furious with Sterling and his antics, and will have have shared far choicer words behind closed doors.