Big news for Liverpool fans, more as in grave news. Contract talks with Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson have been not looking good, according to a report from The Athletic. This will be big worrying news for the Reds fans as they will be hoping this report to be just a rumour.
The 31-year-old Henderson arrived at Liverpool from Sunderland in 2011. Last month he completed his 10-years stay at Anfield. He is already in the legend’s record at Reds after famously lifting the English Premier League trophy during the 2019-20 season. The same season he captained famous Reds to their sixth European Champions League cup.
He is highly regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders in the English top tier. He is hailed for his leadership skills on and off the pitch. Recently during Euro 2020 campaign, head coach Gareth Southgate and captain Harry Kane credited Henderson for his leadership skills. In the same tournament, Henderson scored his first English goal, which came after his 62nd appearance for the Three Lions.
Henderson was handed captaincy role in 2015 after club legend Steven Gerrard left Anfield. It was a big role for anyone to replace Gerrard’s role at Liverpool, but Henderson did it brilliantly with trophies now gracing regularly for Reds.
Former Sunderland man has also impressed fans with his abilities to play in every position on the pitch. Last season Liverpool lost all their three key centre-backs Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, and Joe Gomez to injuries for the majority of the season. Fabinho and Henderson were drafted in central defender roles after the Christmas period last season. Henderson performed well in his new position until he suffered a thigh injury and missed the last two months.
Liverpool fans are in love with their captain for winning the English Premer League trophy after 30 years. He also guided his side for the European Super Cup and Club World Cup trophies in the same season. He ended the long wait of silverware for the Reds Fans and now established himself as a key figure in the dressing room.
Liverpool and Henderson Contract dilemma:
Liverpool are in a good position financially, and now looking to extend contracts of five key players with better wages. Brazilian superstars Fabinho and Alisson are also in line to sign new contracts in the coming weeks. Virgil van Dijk, Mohammed Salah, and Sadio Mane are also to be considered for the priority contract extensions this season.
The 31-year-old box-to-box midfielder has just 2 years left on his contract which expires in June 2023. Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards is currently handling all contract negotiations with players. He started contract negotiation with Henderson at the end of the last season. But according to the report talks are stalled, citing not moving forward at all.
Liverpool want to tie their star to a long time of period but also wary of the situation with player’s age. Henderson will be 33 years old when his current contract expires. He is still looking sharp and fit and fans expect him to be part of the first team for few more years.
Reds recently lost another midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum on a free transfer to Paris Saint-Germain. The contract situation with Gini was the same, as he refused to extend on same offered wages. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has very little to say when it comes to contract negotiations with players. He will be keen on having talks with both his captain and sporting director in the coming weeks.
Liverpool are very much active in this transfer window. They have lost Wijnaldum on a free transfer which was a big blow for the Reds. But last week they announced the signing of centre-back Ibrahima Konate from the Red Bull Leipzig.
They are also interested in adding a new central midfielder and are now linked with Saul Niguez and Nico Barella. Adding replacement od Wijnaldum is the only incoming transfer activity at Anfield. But fans can expect players like Xhedran Shaqiri, Minamino, Matip, and Origi to leave the club.