EX-SUNDERLAND midfielder Jordan Henderson has signed a new five-year deal with Liverpool, the club have announced.
The England international - who joined Liverpool from Sunderland in a £19million deal in the summer of 2011 - has been in talks for months over extending his stay at Anfield and has finally penned a contract estimated to be worth around £100,000 a week.
There has been talk about it for a while now. I’m over the moon that it’s finally doneJordan Henderson
Henderson said: “There has been talk about it for a while now. I’m over the moon that it’s finally done.
“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.”
Manager Brendan Rodgers believes Henderson signing a new contract should be taken as a sign that the future is bright at Anfield after a disappointing few weeks which has seen their top-four challenge falter and their FA Cup hopes end with defeat to Aston Villa in Sunday’s Wembley semi-final.
Rodgers said: “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.”