Jordan Henderson’s contract dilemma and transfer rumors

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 11: Jordan Henderson of England acknowledges the fans following the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Final between Italy and England at Wembley Stadium on July 11, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Carl Recine – Pool/Getty Images)

The long-time Liverpool captain may be on his way out of Anfield.

Jordan Henderson is entering the final two years of his contract and according to Goal, the negotiations over a contract extension have slowed down. It appears the club is prioritizing contract extensions for Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and Alisson Becker.

Henderson has been a red for the last 10 years and has played a crucial role in the club’s recent success. According to The Athletic, under Jurgen Klopp’s reign Liverpool have lost only 13 of the 116 league games Henderson has played. In the 56 games Henderson has not played they have lost 10. Liverpool averages 1.27 goals in games Henderson plays and a lackluster .59 goals per game when he doesn’t play.

With almost 400 appearances for Liverpool, it is hard to believe the Merseyside club would leave their beloved captain out in the rain.

According to The Athletic, if it was Klopp’s decision then Henderson would have already signed an extension. But seeing as he felt the same way about the recently departed Gini Wijnaldum, it is clear that Fenway Sports Group holds all the power in determining who is granted a contract extension.

If the club decides not to give Henderson an extension, then they will be sure to cash in on the midfielder rather than let him walk for free like Wijnaldum did this summer.

There’s no need to be overly concerned about Henderson’s contract situation as the 31-year-old still has two more years left on his deal and plenty of time to reach an agreement on an extension, but it has left Liverpool fans feeling a little uneasy about their skipper’s future.

To add insult to injury for Liverpool fans, Henderson has been recently linked with moves to Atletico Madrid and PSG. Like I said, there is no way Liverpool let another starter walk away on a free transfer.

Henderson could be on the verge of joining former teammate Wijnaldum in Paris as PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly a fan of Henderson’s playing style. This would complete an excellent summer of signings for the Ligue 1 side.

Atletico Madrid are also interested in the English midfielder and believe he would slide right into Diego Simone’s playing style. Early reports are saying that Liverpool have offered Atletico €40 million plus Henderson or Shaqiri for the Madrid midfielder Saúl.

Losing Henderson would be a huge blow for this Liverpool side but the younger Saul would be a solid replacement.

Henderson is known to always put the team and club ahead of his own agenda but he wants to know he is still truly wanted by the club and that he will still contribute on the field. He is not the type of player or person to stay in Liverpool and serve as a titular captain. He also deserves much better than that.