Jordan Henderson’s future at Liverpool is a hot topic at the moment with the England midfielder’s contract situation uncertain.
Henderson sees his deal at Anfield reach its conclusion in two years’ time and talks over an extension have seemingly stalled.
The Athletic are reporting that the 31-year-old has been in dialogue with the Reds’ hierarchy during the off-season, but “no real progress has been made”.
The website stresses that talks have not broken down at the time of writing, but the situation is “complicated and sensitive”.
But with this story being leaked to the press, it could alert some potential suitors – with Arsenal emerging as one.
According to British bookmaker Coral, the Gunners are considered ‘favourites’ to swoop in and sign Henderson from under Liverpool’s noses.
The England international, who recently took part in his country’s heartbreaking Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy, is not short of admirers, with some high profile names singing his praises in the past.
Henderson took the captain’s armband at Liverpool from club legend Steven Gerrard in 2015, with the latter moving to America to play for Los Angeles Galaxy.
Such is Gerrard ‘s stature on Merseyside, the job to replace the former skipper was a huge one, that would have been difficult for any footballer in the world.
However, somehow, Henderson managed to do just that – and went one better than his predecessor when he lifted the Premier League trophy in 2020.
Gerrard explained last year just how much of an influence Henderson has on and off the pitch at Liverpool.
“It’s no surprise to me how he’s handling himself on and off the pitch,” the former Liverpool captain told BT Sport in 2020.
“Obviously, I played with him for numerous years with Liverpool and England.
“A very fit, athletic boy who’s selfless in his approach on the pitch, puts everyone else above himself.
“When you play alongside him you appreciate the job he does for the team and I think over the years he’s been developing parts of his game. His passing range now is fantastic.
“He’s always there for the team. I’ve watched him grow as a human being with interest – he’s always been a great lad and a great team-mate.
“It’s no surprise now that people are starting to recognise what a man he is, both on and off the pitch.
“Every bit of praise he gets he deserves it because it’s true, and I can guarantee that because I’ve been alongside him.”
His current manager Jurgen Klopp shares the same view as Gerrard, with the German coach waxing lyrical about Henderson’s character.
“The most difficult job in the last 500 years of football was to replace Gerrard.
“In the mind of the people it was like: ‘If it’s not Stevie, then it’s not good enough’.
“And [Henderson] has dealt with that outstandingly well. So he can be really proud.
“Now we have to think of the future and he is a very, very important part of our team. He deserves all the praise but he doesn’t get too much.”
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