Liverpool Skipper Was Wanted By English Heavyweights: Why the Reds were not wrong to offer him improved terms

Jordan Henderson was a prime transfer target of Manchester City three years back.

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Liverpool have not only invested heavily this summer on new signings but also tied down their key resources in long-term deals. Mohamed Salah committed his future a couple of months back and skipper Jordan Henderson, 28, has now extended his stay that will keep him at Anfield until summer 2023.

He might never earn the fans’ backing, but both Jurgen Klopp and Gareth Southgate rate Henderson highly which defies his excellence and worth having appeared 284 times so far for Liverpool along with 44 senior caps for England national team. He was promoted as club captain in 2015 but was also in Manchester City’s radar who would have roped him in if the Reds had not offered improved terms, reports Daily Mail.

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Henderson was an expensive signing back in 2011 when he joined from Sunderland for a fee of around £20m. He had months of discomfort before settling in and eventually become an invaluable asset for the Reds as well as the Three Lions. His uprise earned him the captain’s armband even though it was not easy to fill iconic Steven Gerrard’s boots. The midfield general, however, showed grit and determination to prove his critics wrong and fought back incredibly even if he was asked to leave for Fulham by then boss Brendan Rodgers five years ago.

The interest from Man City camp implies his significance to orchestrate a game from the middle of the park and his settlement in a ‘number six’ role under Jurgen Klopp led the Reds to make it to the Champions League final last season – an incredible run that exceeded all expectations and re-established Liverpool as prime title contenders. Although his sideways passing has been a myth that has received strong criticism, Henderson is silently doing his job neatly maintaining the discipline that has often been left unnoticed by the supporters.

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He is guiding the Reds to win back possession, helping them retain it and also conducting moves from deep down the midfield with great composure and stability. Their success this term vastly relies on the skipper’s form as Liverpool are set to enter an atrocious set of fixtures once this international break gets over.

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