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Liverpool captain Henderson signs new four-year contract until 2025 to end transfer speculation

09:29 BST 31/08/2021
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The 31-year-old has followed Van Dijk, Alisson, Robertson, Fabinho and Alexander-Arnold by committing his future to the Reds

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has ended speculation over his future by signing a new four-year contract. 

The midfielder becomes the latest member of Jurgen Klopp's squad to commit his long-term future to the Reds, following in the footsteps of team-mates Virgil van Dijk, Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho and Andy Robertson.

Henderson arrived at Anfield from Sunderland in 2011, and his new deal will keep him on Merseyside until the summer of 2025.

An end to the uncertainty

Henderson's current deal was due to expire at the end of next season, and initial discussions over an extension had proven fruitless with the England international unimpressed by the terms offered.

This led to reports that he could leave Liverpool this summer, with Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain said to be monitoring the situation. Bizarrely, Henderson was also linked with a move to Arsenal at one point.

Goal understands Liverpool always expected a resolution to be found, and negotiations accelerated once Henderson returned from his summer break following the European Championships.

Despite his age, he is still viewed as someone who will play a big role under Klopp in the coming years and his off-field influence remains integral.

What has Henderson said?

Speaking to the club website after signing his new deal, Henderson said: “I’m obviously very honoured and proud to continue the journey I’ve already been on here. It’s amazing to finally get it done and just concentrate on looking forward and what the future may hold.

“I’m in a different place of course, as a player and as a person, from when I first walked in. I’ve learned and grown a lot over my time here, and I’ve got to thank a lot of people for that.

“I’ve loved every minute of it, even when I look back at the tough times, I was still enjoying being a part of this football club. The longer I can do that, the better for me really. I want to be here as long as possible, I’ve always said that.

“To continue this journey is incredible for me and my family, and I hope the fans and the club feel the same way.”

Whose deal will be next?

The Reds are currently negotiating with star forward Mohamed Salah over a new deal, with the Egyptian having entered the final two years of his current contract.

Sources say initial discussions have been ‘positive’, and there is optimism that Salah will, like Henderson, commit his future until 2025 with a deal that would make him the highest-paid player in Liverpool history.

Fellow forwards Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are also in the final two years of their respective deals, as are midfielders Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita. As yet, however, there has been no word of any extensions for those players.

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