England international midfielder Jordan Henderson has put pen to paper on a new long-term deal at Liverpool.
According to reports, the deal will keep Henderson, who joined the Reds from Sunderland for £20 million in the summer of 2011, at Anfield for at least five more years.
The Liverpool vice-captain is expected to be named skipper when Steven Gerrard completes his move to MLS side LA Galaxy at the end of the season.
Moreover, Henderson has followed in the footsteps of Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho in committing his long-term future to the Merseysiders.
“There has been talk about it for a while now. I’m over the moon that it’s finally done,” Henderson said.
“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.
“That’s the next phase; we’ve improved massively over the last few years, and I think the next phase for us is to start challenging for titles and trophies as well.”
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers added: “Jordan is a brilliant professional and his dedication to his career and football in general makes him a role model to all young players.
“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.
“The owners are committed to creating a team that can grow, improve and ultimately win together.
“We have seen some very important contract renewals this season and I’m confident, under (chief executive) Ian Ayre’s stewardship, we will see further commitments made and more exciting talent secured and added to our squad.”
Henderson has bagged one goal and six assists in 31 English Premier League appearances for the Reds this season.
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