Jordan Henderson is sticking around at Liverpool.
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The Liverpool skipper, 28, has signed a new long-term deal at Anfield, with the England international a mainstay in the team since he arrived from Sunderland in the summer of 2011.
Speaking about his new contract, Henderson revealed his delight at extending his stay as Jurgen Klopp‘s skipper.
“I’m very happy to have signed a new contract for a long period of time. I’m absolutely delighted,” Henderson said. “It doesn’t seem like too long ago when I signed my first one – it feels like yesterday, really – but a lot has happened since then. I feel it’s been a progressive journey for me throughout my time here and one I’ve enjoyed so much.
“There is no other place in the world I would rather play football. I want to be here for as long as I can be. I’m so privileged to have been a part of this club for so long, and hopefully even longer now.”
Henderson has improved during his seven years at Liverpool and is a regular for Gareth Southgate‘s England in central midfield.
When he signed for Liverpool he was supposed to be the replacement for Steven Gerrard but his role has developed into a more defensive one in recent years. His range of passing has always been impressive and his high levels of energy is perfect to spark Klopp’s pressing style from midfield.
Henderson doesn’t often get the praise he deserves but he does a lot of the dirty work for Liverpool and England.
Injuries have hampered his career at key times but he’s still made 283 appearances for Liverpool, scoring 24 goals.
This season could well be his toughest challenge yet to nail down a regular spot in the starting lineup with James Milner, Adam Lallana, Naby Keita, Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, when he returns from injury, as his competitors for a role in central midfield.
Henderson’s reliability in the engine room made this new deal a no brainer for Liverpool to set up.