Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson signed a new five year, £25m deal with the club today.
The British international has been one of Brendan Rodgers’s favourite players to work with since he took over the manager role in 2012.
While other prominent clubs, such as Manchester City, were carefully monitoring Henderson’s contract negotiations, the 24 year-old insisted that he had no plans of leaving Liverpool this summer saying, “I always said that I wanted to stay at Liverpool and there was no other club that I would go to. I wanted to commit my future and it was just a matter of time for my agent and the club.”
Rodgers has seemingly re-invented Henderson’s game since becoming the head coach. After coming to Anfeld in 2011, the midfielder massively stuggled under then manager, Kenny Danglish. Since the arrival of Rodgers, Henderson has improved his game greatly, even rising to the position of vice-captain to Steven Gerrard.
With Gerrard departing to the MLS next season, Henderson looks to be the frontrunner to captain the squad in future campaigns.
The club has given Henderson a new contract worth £100,000-per-week and he will be expected to live up to the tall order that such a contract demands. With all indications pointing towards Rodgers cleaning house this summer, not to mention the uncertainty surrounding Raheem Sterling, Henderson will need to be a pivotal piece to the new Liverool puzzle if the club is to have any chance of returning to the form that saw them nearly capture the Premier League title last season.