Liverpool reach ‘agreement in principle’ with £18m ace over personal terms

Liverpool have reportedly reached an agreement in principle with Jordan Henderson over a new contract and will likely put pen to paper on a new deal.

It’s important to note – the skipper has not yet agreed to a new deal and this is merely symbolic but it’s a huge step in the right direction.

David Ornstein writes for the Athletic that Hendo is expected to remain at the club despite previously reporting that no progress had been made on talks over a new deal.

He reports: “Liverpool proposed an improved deal spanning three years with the option of a fourth contingent on how many appearances he makes.”

KIRKBY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jordan Henderson captain of Liverpool during a training session at AXA Training Centre on August 11, 2021 in Kirkby, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
KIRKBY, ENGLAND – AUGUST 11: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jordan Henderson captain of Liverpool during a training session at AXA Training Centre on August 11, 2021 in Kirkby, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

The captain, whose market value is £18m, is worth way more to Liverpool fans. In fact, what he adds to the team, the club and the city is priceless and I’m delighted to hear he is likely to stay.

Of course, a lot can still change but the fact that the club is clearly doing everything they can to keep a player that means the world to supporters is amazing.

Klopp said this weekend that Liverpool expected to sort out Henderson’s contractual issues and it’s possible that he said that knowing an agreement in principle was already in place.

MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 01: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool and Jordan Henderson celebrate victory after the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 01, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN – JUNE 01: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool and Jordan Henderson celebrate victory after the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 01, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Klopp is reported to have played a ‘pivotal role’ in helping Henderson receive an improved offer from FSG which is yet another feather in the manager’s cap.

While Steven Gerrard was a different captain – he led by example – Jordan Henderson commands, he tells his players where to go and he’s grown as a player so much over the last decade.

Losing Henderson to injury last season wasn’t spoken about as much as Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk’s knee injuries or the attack’s struggles but when you take him out of the side, we often lose direction.

By renewing his contract, even if it means Liverpool take a financial hit down the line, it guarantees the Reds success for the next few seasons and that has to be a priority for the club.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04: Jordan Henderson of Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp the head coach / manager of Liverpool celebrate winning the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC at Anfield on December 4, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 04: Jordan Henderson of Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp celebrate winning the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC at Anfield on December 4, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

While FSG has done a great job, there’s no knowing what Liverpool will be like when Jurgen Klopp leaves so ensuring that we win as much as we can until his contract expires in 2024 should be our goal.

It will be great to see Liverpool officially announce it when Henderson has finally extended his contract but for now, an agreement in principle is good enough.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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