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Jordan Henderson has ended all speculation about his future by signing a new four-year contract with Liverpool.
Henderson has been with Liverpool since 2011 and succeeded Steven Gerrard as captain in 2015. The midfielder has been a key part of the squad Jurgen Klopp has built to compete for honours. With the armband on his sleeve, Henderson has taken home Premier League, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup trophies.
He was also part of the Liverpool squad that won the League Cup in his debut season at Anfield. In addition, the former Sunderland star is a regular part of the England squad, with 64 caps to his name since his 2010 debut.
His previous contract was due to expire in 2023 and it was feared that he would not be renewed. Despite remaining an important player, the talks would have stalled last month. There were also rumors of interest from Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid and Arsenal.
But talks with Klopp convinced Henderson to stay, as stated recently. The 31-year-old wanted to know more about his role in the future team and how valued he was by the property.
Following Georginio Wijnaldum’s release this summer, there may have been fears that Henderson would suffer a similar fate in the future. But now Liverpool have secured his services for the foreseeable future.
“I am clearly very honored and proud to continue the journey I have already taken here,” he said the club website.
“It’s great to finally get it done and just focus on looking ahead and what the future may hold.
“I’m obviously in a different place, as a player and as a person, from the moment I first came in. I’ve learned a lot and grown in my time here, and I have a lot of people to thank for that.
“I loved every minute of it, even looking back on the hard times, I still enjoyed being a part of this football club. The longer I can do that, the better for me really. I want to be here for so long possible, I’ve always said that.
“It’s incredible to continue this journey for me and my family, and I hope the fans and the club feel the same way.”
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Henderson hungrier than ever
“Every year is the same, every year is the biggest challenge, the biggest season ahead. I’m still as hungry as ever,” Henderson continued.
“I feel just as hungry as when I first came in ten years ago, to prove to people that I deserve to be with this football club and give absolutely everything every day for the badge, for the fans and for each other in this building.
“If we do that, I feel we have a good chance of succeeding.”
Liverpool are describing Henderson’s new deal as a “long term one”, but several reports suggest it will run until 2025. He will be in his mid-thirties by then, so he should spend most of his career on Merseyside.
Transfer activity for Liverpool has been limited this summer, with Ibrahima Konate the only new signing. Instead, they’ve focused on new deals like this one.
Henderson follows Virgil van Dijk, Alisson, Fabinho, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson as they sign new contracts. Next on the agenda could be Mohamed Salah, while fellow forwards Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are also out of contract in 2023.
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