Top reporter claims Jordan Henderson could leave due to contract issue – Liverpool FC
Jordan Henderson is in the final two years of his contract, and with no progress in initial talks on an extension, it is claimed the Liverpool captain could leave.
The Reds find themselves at a pivotal moment for the core of Jurgen Klopp’s squad, with 15 players seeing their contracts expire in 2023.
Some of them, such as Xherdan Shaqiri, Marko Grujic, Harry Wilson and Sheyi Ojo, are all set for a summer outing, but for at least six years it will be a priority for the club to tie them up.
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino are among those to discuss, but The Athletic report from Monday morning is Henderson.
James Pearce, one of the main journalists of Liverpool, and David Ornstein, well connected, paint the picture of a “delicate balancing act”, without “any real progress” made in the first talks.
“The negotiations have not been broken off and sources stress that the dialogue is underway,” the report reads, “but it is a situation both complicated and sensitive”.
The main issues relate to Henderson’s age, given he will be 33 when his current contract expires, and a similar scenario with Gini Wijnaldum, who left on a free transfer this summer at age 30. .
It is also added that “if it was only Klopp’s appeal, the talks on an extension would have been a formality and an agreement would have already been signed”.
The club’s “youth investment policy” would make negotiations more difficult.
That Liverpool have opened talks with Henderson on an extension is encouraging, however, and it is stressed that for the captain, “it’s not about the money, it’s about feeling wanted”.
Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid are seen as admirers of the 31-year-old, but the suggestion that he is “good friends” with Luis Suarez and the striker “would welcome the prospect of reuniting with his former team-mate. Liverpool “at Atletico is strange.
In fact, while the report covers most of the basics, it is certainly questionable as it is largely centered on guesswork and the hypothetical situation which assumes that he would be treated the same as Wijnaldum.
A comparison is also made with how Steven Gerrard’s contract talks were conducted at 34, with a 15-minute meeting that saw him come up with a one-year contract with a 40% pay cut and a reduced player role.
On that note, Henderson “believes he can play at the highest level until his mid-thirties and is not interested in a managed drop.”
In all likelihood, if the midfielder can prove his fitness and worth in the next season, he will instead follow James Milner’s plan, with the veteran now in the final year of a deal that will take him to- beyond his 36th birthday.
As it stands, there is no cause for concern, especially since these talks appear to have taken place while Henderson was at the Euro – so it’s no wonder he there was “no real progress”.