Amid all the controversy surrounding Raheem Sterling’s contract situation at Liverpool, there are fears among Reds fans that the youngster could become a toxic presence around the club.
Today’s backpages dramatically and sensationally splashed with headlines like ‘meltdown’, claiming that relations between the club and player have now reached breaking point, following his decision to reject the new deal offered by the club.
Jamie Carragher got very worked up about it on Monday Night Football, and suggested that Sterling should now be ashamed when he meets the tea lady and the women on reception.
But it looks like – as Sterling’s agent had insisted – that it’s all been blown out of proportion, judging by today’s training session anyway.
Sterling’s arrival at training was supposedly going to ruffle a few feathers, but the truth is that most professional footballers just get on with their own business, and don’t get too caught up in their teammates’ situations.
This definitely seems to be the case with vice-captain Jordan Henderson, who posted this picture of himself getting nutmegged by Sterling to Instagram.
That said, players normally don’t show themselves up on social media like this…perhaps Hendo is trying to massage Sterling’s ego a little?
Hendo accompanied the picture with the caption, ‘Can’t believe they got this on camera.’
Brendan Rodgers spoke of his delight at the news that Jordan Henderson has finally put pen to paper on his new contract, which will take him through to 2020.
Rodgers is a huge fan of Henderson, who he promoted to vice-captain at the start of the season, and who he could well promote to the role of team captain once Steven Gerrard retires at the end of the season.
The Liverpool boss has gone or record as saying that Henderson has the potential to become a world class midfielder, and this contract is a sign of the confidence and trust they have in their young midfielder.
Liverpool have today announced that Jordan Henderson has put pen to paper on a 5-year deal, taking him through to 2020.
Henderson’s deal will see him jump to a much higher pay grade, with reports of 100,000 pounds weekly wages being agreed.
Henderson has become a key figure in the Liverpool team in recent seasons, indeed his development has been such that he’s been promoted to vice-captain, and has been tipped to inherit the captain’s armband when Steven Gerrard retires at the end of the season.
Now the question Liverpool fans will be asking themselves: Will Raheem Sterling take inspiration from this?
The Daily Star are set to wind up Liverpool fans on Easter Monday with news that vice captain Jordan Henderson has not only turned down a new contract at Anfield, but that Chelsea are now poised to swoop the England international midfielder.
Of course, it goes without saying that the Daily Star is a highly unreliable tabloid, and the likelihood is that Jordan Henderson is more than happy at Liverpool at the moment and he is not going anywhere soon.
According to the Star, 24-year-old Henderson has turned down a new Reds contract understood to be worth £80,000-a-week. Henderson is currently on around £65,000-a-week.
The Sunderland-born footballer is currently under contract with Liverpool until June 2016.
Henderson moved to Anfield in 2011 for £20 million, and he has since played over 130 times for the Reds.
Taking a step back, Liverpool appear to be having huge troubles at the moment locking down their senior stars to new, improved contracts. Aside from Henderson, Raheem Sterling is refusing to agree terms with the Reds at the moment, while all the difficulties closing these deals comes at the same time as Liverpool lose momentum in the race for a Champions League place.
Rubbing salt in Liverpool’s wounds, the Star suggest that Chelsea could swoop for Henderson, while Chelsea have also been loosely linked to Sterling too in recent days.
Jordan Henderson underlined his growing importance to Liverpool by scoring the goal that beat Swansea at Liberty Stadium.
The midfielder is stepping into the shoes of departing club legend Steven Gerrard.
He’s already exceeded last season’s tally of four Premier League goals, having played seven games less.
In this post-match interview, Henderson talks the Sky Sports pundits through his goal, discusses the upcoming clash against Man United and states his aims of improving his goal and assist contributions.
With Jordan Henderson deputizing as Liverpool captain in Steven Gerrard’s absence, and indeed with the 24-year old the favourite to inherit the armband from Stevie G next season, the student is now being compared with the master.
Which is unfair in Brendan Rodgers’ eyes.
Following Henderson’s two cracking goals from outside the box this past week, the Henderson-Gerrard comparisons have gone into overdrive, with Henderson now being hastily dubbed as ‘the next Gerrard’.
Rodgers called for such half-baked comparisons to stop at his press conference today, insisting that Jordan Henderson is his own man, and should be allowed to write his own story and find his own path, rather than constantly being compared to one of the greatest players of the Premier League era.
Liverpool fan channel Redmen TV have uploaded a special video to get to the bottom of the Balotelli-Henderson penalty incident last night.
The channel’s hosts Paul and Chris decided that after trying to avoid the subject in their initial match reports, the time had come to debate it, seeing as it’s the only thing anyone’s talking about around Liverpool today.
And their conclusion, essentially, is that it’s a storm in a teacup – blown out of proportion by ITV’s ‘pious’ and sensationalist coverage.
The pair agree that Balotelli should be commended for having the balls to step up and take such a crucial penalty kick.
Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson has really grown in stature this season, taking on the role of vice-captain with relish, and the midfielder has a real chance of inheriting the armband from Steven Gerrard when the current captain walks away at the end of the season.
Henderson’s looked like a different animal this season, and has shown a tougher side of his character, as he showed in a heated stand-off with Diego Costa last month (which resulted in the Chelsea hardman backing down).
But Hendo isn’t content, and clearly wants to continue progressing physically, as was evident from his extra-curricular training session at Melwood yesterday.
He had British Welterweight Boxer and former WBA champion Amir Khan down for some padwork, joking that he needs to pick up some self-defence tricks following some recent incidents.
He posted the pics to his Instagram, along with the message:
Really good to meet @amirkingkhan today. Great man and was good to get on the pads with him. Need a few tips after getting myself in a few tiffs.”
Khan was equally enthused, and wrote back: “Good day with Liverpool football player @jhenderson. Thanks for teaching me some football skills and hope u enjoyed the boxing session.”
Sunderland old boys Jordan Henderson and Simon Mignolet spoke to the media after Liverpool’s win at the Stadium of Light today, and the choice of the pair was surely no coincidence.
It was a bit of a novelty to hear Mignolet speak in particular, as the Belgian rarely if ever gives interviews, and probably hasn’t had a change of heart in the current context of the criticism he’s been receiving.
Mignolet said he was glad of the clean sheet, and they both agreed it’s a good 3 points at a tough ground.
Henderson was given the Man of the Match award….to pass on to Lazar Markovic.
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Jordan Henderson has given a one-on-one interview with former Liverpool player Steve McManaman for BT Sport, in which he discusses Liverpool’s season, Steven Gerrard, and Henderson’s own form and ambitions.
Henderson has developed and grown into a pivotal player for Liverpool since signing from Sunderland as a young lad earmarked as one to watch, to the point that he’s now been elevated to vice-captain status.
Henderson says it’s a big honour to lead the team out in Gerrard’s absence, and though he doesn’t want to sound big-headed and admit it, it’s clear he’d love to inherit the captain’s armband when Gerrard leaves at the end of the season.
As for Liverpool’s form, he says that despite their rickety first half of the season, they’re still very much going for the top 4.
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