Jordan Henderson backed up his signing of a new long term contract at Liverpool by affirming his belief that manager Brendan Rodgers would deliver a trophy to the club sooner rather than later, the Daily Mirror reports.
The future skipper has agreed a £25million deal to keep him at Anfield for the next five years and cites Rodgers’ influence as one of the main factors behind his decision.
“Since the manager came in, he has improved the club – I have said many times that he has been a massive part of me developing as a player,” the 24-year-old said.
“For me, Brendan is a world-class manager. I have got a lot of thanks to him for helping me do that and hopefully it will continue. Now I really feel the next stage is to win a trophy and go from there.”
Critics have recently laid into the Reds for the perceived lack of ambition amongst the club’s owners, and Henderson has said that he can win the honours legend Steven Gerrard failed to secure because he remained loyal rather than making the jump to join the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid.
“I believe in the group that we have got. If we keep working hard on the training field and keep improving and learn from the mistakes, I really feel we can win trophies and be a very successful team,”
“It isn’t easy to win trophies but I have got every belief that we can achieve it. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t have signed. I had good conversations with the manager and I want to win as many trophies as I can. I liked what I heard. I look forward to the future.
“I’ve got faith in the players around me, yeah. Studge (Daniel Sturridge) and Philippe (Coutinho) have committed as well. They are two massive players for us. They have made a statement because they are two top, top players.
“Hopefully if we can get a few more done, before the end of the season, I really believe we have got a chance of doing something special.”
Henderson also had some advice for friend and teammate Raheem Sterling, who has been stalling over whether to pen a new deal himself.
“I’ve known him for a good few years now. He is a good friend of mine and my teammate. If I was giving him advice, of course I would say: ‘This is Liverpool’ – I think this is best place for him.
“But, at the end of the day, that decision is up to him. He is a fantastic player for us. I hope he stays here and develops with us. He will be a big part of what we are looking to do.”