By any metric, Jordan Henderson has been one of Liverpool’s most consistent performers throughout the entire 2014-15 Premier League season, a year in which the Reds have slipped from a second-place finish a year ago to what would appear to be a fight for fifth this time around, and he’s not going anywhere anytime soon.
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According to multiple reports out of the UK — first reported here, by the Daily Mail — Henderson has agreed a new five-year contract that will keep the 24-year-old midfielder at Liverpool until 2020, and reportedly pay the potential captain-in-waiting close to $150,000 per week.
Henderson, whose current contract expires at the end of the 2015-16 season, could replace outgoing captain and club legend Steven Gerrard as the new club captain as soon as this summer. While that’s far from set in stone, Henderson’s 6 league goals and 8 assists this season rank second (Raheem Sterling) and first for Liverpool, respectively.
With Sterling’s reluctance and prolonged contract drama recently enveloping the headlines, Henderson’s quick re-signing will certainly come as a welcome development for Liverpool fans, and perhaps serve as a motivating factor for Sterling, a reassurance of the club’s intentions, that his long-term future also lies at Liverpool.