Rumours have been circulating for quite some time now that Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson is heading out of his club come summer 2016, when his current contract ends. The club in question to secure Henderson’s signature is Catalan giants Barcelona. With Henderson supposedly stalling on signing a new contract at Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers needs to keep the midfielder and fend off admiring glances from Spain. The ex-Sunderland man has worked hard, especially this season, to earn his place in the starting line up for his side and is an asset that it would be a shame to lose so soon.
Liverpool will already be losing one midfielder at the end of this season, so they should hold on to Henderson if they can. With Steven Gerrard leaving for LA Galaxy in the summer, Jordan Henderson can follow in his footsteps. Henderson has already been named vice captain to Gerrard’s ultimate skipper role, and could find himself promoted when Gerrard moves on to his pastures new. Gerrard is irreplaceable, but Liverpool could do a lot worse than attempting to replace him with Henderson.
Henderson has gotten his name on the scoresheet five times this season – as well as providing seven assists – with one of his goals coming in the 2-1 win over Manchester City. He can score goals, and clearly when his team need it most. By the looks of things, Liverpool will be back in Europe – Champions League or Europa League – next year, and Henderson could prove important again.
It is important for Premier League sides to have English players in their XIs, and Liverpool are no different. Losing Henderson to La Liga before he has reached his peak would be a blow to Liverpool. Henderson is still only 24-years-old, he has plenty of years of football left, and a move to Spain could still be on the cards in a few years time.
No doubt his performances this season have helped in Henderson getting called up for international duty. He is one of four Liverpool players listed in Roy Hodgson’s 24 man squad; with Adam Lallana, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge. Their team mate Rickie Lambert did not make the cut.
If Henderson were to make the big move to Barcelona, would he be guaranteed first team football? The pull of the name Barcelona could end up hindering Henderson if he were to snub a side that play him regularly for a team that have plenty of options in midfield.
For both parties, it is important that Henderson stays at Liverpool for the foreseeable future. How many players get big moves and don’t end up living up to the expectation, or worse, do not get the opportunity to start? Jordan Henderson should repay Liverpool for the faith they have put in him, and sign a long term contract.