Leicester City have become shock contenders to sign Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson this summer after the midfielder’s future was thrown into doubt.
The 31-year-old dynamo was surprisingly linked with an imminent Anfield exit by The Athletic’s transfer expert David Ornstein in recent days after contract negotiations reached an impasse.
Some of Europe’s biggest clubs were linked with a move as a result, with Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid credited with an interest but now Leicester have entered the conversation.
The Express suggests that both the Foxes and Arsenal have been credited with an interest.
Henderson’s contract expires in the summer of 2023, but with several other first-team stars also approaching the end of their current deals, he could find himself low down on Liverpool’s priority list.
Since arriving at Anfield a decade ago, the box-to-box midfielder has established himself as a key player for the 19-time English champions, making 392 appearances for the Reds, winning the Premier League title and Champions League crown along the way.
His outstanding leadership qualities and incredible work rate on the pitch have caught the eye of several onlookers, with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp publicly praising his captain in the past.
“He is exceptional; he is outstanding. Gini (Wijnaldum) and Hendo, especially, because they have had to play the biggest number of games this season,” said Klopp.
“What they do is just incredible – absolutely incredible. I do not take that for granted for one second. If anybody who is with us still doesn’t see the quality of Jordan Henderson, then I cannot help them.
“Is Hendo the perfect football player? No. Do I know anybody who is? No. But is he unbelievably important to us? Yes.”
However, despite the German tactician’s glowing appraisal of the England international, Liverpool could reportedly be prepared to part ways with the £18m-rated beast over the coming months.
It remains to be seen whether Leicester make a move for Henderson this summer, but the potential arrival of a proven winner with outstanding leadership qualities will surely have the club’s supporters buzzing.