Last night it was announced that Jordan Henderson had signed a five-year contract extension that will keep him at Liverpool until 2023 and his 33rd birthday.
Most fans were expecting Sadio Mane to be the latest big name to extend, but instead it was the skipper.
There was actually some criticism of the decision from certain groups online, as there normally is when Henderson is the subject, but we’re far more interested in Jurgen Klopp’s comments.
The manager has boldly declared Hendo as our general and that he’s only going to get better as a player and a leader.
“Jordan embodies entirely what it means to be a Liverpool player in this modern era of football,” Klopp told BBC Sport.
“The best thing is he will get even better in these coming years.
“Jordan is so important to us and we are very fortunate as a club to have this person commit to us as he has.
“You can tell through his actions on and off the pitch he treats representing our badge and our shirt as a privilege.
“He carries a lot on his shoulders that people on the outside won’t see, but he embraces that responsibility and that leadership. He is our ‘General’ and I trust him completely.”
If you trust Klopp, which nearly every Red does, you should trust Henderson, too.
We’re convinced he’ll play a big part this season, despite the arrival of Fabinho, a natural holding midfielder, to compete with him for minutes.
We’d actually like to see Hendo used as a box-to-box midfielder, which takes advantage of his pressing ability, with the Brazilian anchoring.