Liverpool are set to extend Jordan Henderson’s contract beyond 2016 as they look to secure a number of players for the long term.
24-year-old Henderson joined Liverpool in 2011 for £16 million from Sunderland though he struggled to make an impact in his first season and was subsequently offered to Fulham when Brendan Rodgers took over Liverpool the following year.
But the English midfielder refused to leave the club and fought for his place becoming a key player of the side in the past two years at club as well as international level.
Following Daniel Agger’s sale in the summer, he was appointed the vice-captain in September and he put in a man of the match performance against West Brom in Liverpool’s last Premier League game as he earned his side a much needed win with a second half winner after assisting new boy Adam Lallana for the first goal.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of England’s European Championship qualifiers, Henderson revealed that he wasn’t thinking about the possibility of him becoming Liverpool captain.
“I am just concentrating on playing football,” he said. “I am enjoying my football, I love this club and I want to be here for many years so that shouldn’t be an issue. I’ll let my agent sort that out, it’s nothing to do with me.”
Rodgers was full of praise for the player as he said, “He’s the one player in the country that can really dominate a game without the ball due to his running capacity.”
“He has great physicality in the game and today was about trying to get him forward that bit more and encouraging him to go forward.”
“That forward run allows him to offer the combination with Adam Lallana for the first goal, and for the second goal he arrived in the box and finished really, really well. “It was a big performance from him today.”
“He’s got great running ability but wonderful technique as well. He’s playing in a team structure where he understands his lines of passing, and he knows his role is to create and score goals.
“He’s a wonderful young man to work with, and I’m delighted that he scored because it’s something we’ve been encouraging him to do, to get into the box.”
“He did that with the two goals – combining well on the edge of the box for the first and getting his finish for the second.”