This Thursday afternoon, Liverpool Football Club announced that midfielder Jordan Henderson had signed a new five year deal with the club and he is believed to now be earning an impressive £100,000 a week. The 24 year old has been influential for Liverpool since last season and looks destined to be named captain once Steven Gerrard leaves for LA Galaxy.
The England international stated after the news broke,
“I always said that I wanted to stay at Liverpool and there was no other club that I would go to. I wanted to commit my future and it was just a matter of time for my agent and the club to sort it out”.
This is a complete turnaround for the midfielder compared to the beginning of his time at Liverpool where he suffered with poor form and couldn’t break into the first team on a regular basis which led to him almost leaving for Fulham in 2012. Fortunately, the midfielder stayed at Anfield and gave everything to become a regular in Brendan Rodgers’ side and his hard work paid off when he had a brilliant finish to the 12/13 season. Henderson’s fantastic form at the end of the 12/13 season led to him becoming a regular starter for Liverpool in the 13/14 season where he played a key role in a season where Liverpool narrowly missed out on winning the Premier League title.
Since then, Henderson has developed into a leader in the current Liverpool side and has been one of the most influential players at Anfield in the current 14/15 season. The 24 year old midfielder was named as vice-captain at the beginning of the current season which has led to him filling in for Steven Gerrard on plenty of occasions this season due to Gerrard’s injuries and suspensions. This responsibility has obviously given the Englishman confidence to have the most consistent season in his career as he is now the red hot favourite to replace Steven Gerrard as captain of Liverpool next season.
This season Henderson has scored 6 goals in 30 Premier League appearances and has created an impressive 8 assists for his team-mates while he has won 2 man of the match awards. Defensively, the England international makes an average of 2.4 tackles per game and 1.8 clearances per game while offensively he makes an average of 1.7 key dribbles and attempts 1.3 shots per game. Henderson has improved his passing ability this season also as he makes and average of 53 passes per game, 1.7 key passes per game and has a successful passing rate of 81.7% this season.
If you take these statistics and compare them to the statistics of other current Liverpool players it shows how influential Henderson is to the reds as he is the player to make the most assists, most passes, won the most tackles and made the most touches this season. The midfielder is also Liverpool’s second highest goal scorer and has made the second highest amount of chances for his team-mates this season.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has reiterated just how important Jordan Henderson is to Liverpool as he explained,
“Jordan is a brilliant professional and his dedication to his career and football in general makes him a role model to all young players. He has faced adversity in his time at Liverpool, but his improvement, growth and development is entirely down to his own hunger, commitment and willingness to learn and be better”.