In their current squad, Liverpool have a significant number of players who have made more than 100 appearances in the Premier League. One of those is club captain Jordan Henderson, who has 370 league games under his belt.
Since joining the Merseyside club back in the 2011 summer transfer window from Sunderland in a deal worth a reported fee of £20m, the midfielder has gone on to make a total of 406 appearances for the Reds across all competitions, scoring 32 goals and providing 53 assists in the process, proving how important a player he has been for the club.
Taking all of this into account, it wasn’t a surprise to hear that the club offered the 31-year-old a new four-year deal which he signed back in August.
By the time this contract runs out, Henderson will be in his mid-30s and could be on his way out of Anfield at that point, so the club will have to think about potentially replacing him by then.
With that in mind, we feel that the Reds could already their ideal long-term replacement for Henderson in 18-year-old midfielder Dominic Corness.
As a product of Liverpool’s youth system, the teenager has made 32 appearances for Liverpool’s under-18 side. With four goals and eight assists, he has shown some ability in front of goal in a similar way to Henderson on occasion for the Reds, as well as making seven appearances for their under-23 side.
So far this season, the midfielder has made nine appearances across all competitions, playing as a defensive midfielder and central midfielder on occasion. Similarly, Henderson has frequently played in both of those positions during his time at the club.
Back in February, Corness signed his first professional contract with the Merseyside club, showing just how much faith they have in him. That should be very exciting for Liverpool fans who would presumably have an affinity with the youngster considering that he’s a local lad.
Moving forward, if the 18-year-old can continue to grow as a player in Liverpool’s youth ranks and make the most of any possible opportunities he gets to play in the senior team, we feel that he could well go on to become a regular figure under Jurgen Klopp and be unearthed by the German as a long-term replacement for Henderson if the captain leaves the club at the end of his current contract.