Liverpool have confirmed that Jordan Henderson has signed a new long-term contract and committed his future to the club until 2020.
By penning the new deal, the 24-year-old puts an end to speculation linking him with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City after claims earlier this year that he had refused to sign a new contract because Liverpool weren’t offering enough of an increase to his wage packet.
Henderson joined the club from Sunderland in 2011 for around £20 million and has gone on to make 180 appearances, scoring 20 goals.
With his future secure, it’s assumed Henderson, the club’s current vice-captain, will succeed Steven Gerrard as Liverpool skipper at the close of the season when the 34-year-old moves to LA Galaxy.
Henderson follows other key, young members of Liverpool’s squad; Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge, in committing his future to Anfield.
Speaking of his decision to extend his deal, Henderson told LFC.com: “I’m over the moon that it’s finally done.
“There has been talk about it for a while now. It’s brilliant news for me to commit my future to this football club – I really feel that it’s a good time for us to look forward to the future, with the squad we’ve got, the manager, the size of the club and the fans we’ve got. I really think, over the next few years, we can challenge and start winning trophies.”
Brendan Rodgers was equally enthusiastic and said Henderson was a brilliant professional whose dedication to football and his career makes him a role model to young players and fans.
Rodgers said: “He has faced adversity in his time at Liverpool, but his improvement, growth and development is entirely down to his own hunger, commitment and willingness to learn and be better.
“The fact he has made such a long-term commitment to Liverpool is a sign of his belief in what we are looking to do here. He will have a crucial role to play as we look to take this side forward and look to add success to the progress we have made.
“I am very excited about our future and what this group can achieve together; today’s announcement is another important positive step forward.”
It is understood that Henderson’s new deal is worth £100,000 per week.