Liverpool’s summer plans have suffered a potentially devastating blow after reports claim Jordan Henderson could be set to depart Anfield over the coming months.
According to well-respected journalist David Ornstein, negotiations to extend the 31-year-old’s contract have made no progress, and the uncertainty over his future has left the door open for suitors of the club captain.
He tweeted: “Significant uncertainty over Jordan Henderson’s Liverpool future. Talks to renew contract (2023) began weeks ago & no real progress. Neither side want a Wijnaldum repeat so it may open the door to 31yo leaving.”
The report claims that the way in which Liverpool allowed Wijnaldum to run his contract down over the last couple of years has alerted the market to the fact that Henderson could be available.
It goes on to state that Paris Saint-Germain are believed to be admirers of the England international, with former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino keeping track of the developments.
The same is believed of La Liga champions Atletico Madrid. Henderson is still thought to be close friends with ex-teammate Luis Suarez, and the two would relish the prospect of being reunited at the Wanda Metropolitano.
News of the talismanic midfielder’s potential departure will come as a shock to the Liverpool supporters and will surely leave large sections of fans feeling gutted.
He’s become a pivotal part of the club’s success in recent years, scoring 30 goals and providing 51 assists in 392 appearances for the Reds, winning the Premier League title and Champions League crown along the way.
However, with just two years remaining on his current deal, this summer would be the last chance for Liverpool to receive a substantial transfer fee for Henderson, and they could be tempted to cash in while they can.
While negotiations aren’t believed to have broken down completely and sources stress that dialogue is ongoing over fresh terms, it’s reportedly both a complicated and sensitive situation.
With a faulty forward line to fix, new contracts for world-class stars to finalise and fringe players to sell, Liverpool’s owner Fenway Sports Group (FSG) currently have bigger priorities to address in the first-squad.
Jurgen Klopp – who is known to be a big fan of Henderson – and the fans will be hoping this is an issue that can be resolved, though, with the experienced dynamo a crucial component of this Liverpool setup.