Jurgen Klopp is understood to be eager to keep Jordan Henderson (pictured) at Anfield
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Jordan Henderson is facing an uncertain future at Liverpool after talks over a new contract stalled.
The Liverpool captain, 31, has entered the final two years of his existing deal but there has been no real progress during discussions over an extension which began before the European Championship commenced early last month.
Henderson’s representatives remain in dialogue with Liverpool and manager Jurgen Klopp is understood to be eager to keep the England midfielder but negotiations have run into trouble.
Georginio Wijnaldum left Liverpool as a free agent at the end of last season and has since joined Paris St-Germain after the Merseyside club were unwilling to meet the Holland midfielder’s demands during a two-year on/off contract saga.
Liverpool fans will doubtless be keen to avoid a repeat of that situation with Henderson, and the player himself is unlikely to want to become embroiled in a long contract stand-off.
Henderson has been a central figure behind Liverpool’s Champions League and Premier League title success in recent years and, while he knows how greatly Klopp values him, he wants to be sure those feelings are reciprocated by the club.
Liverpool are also in talks with a number of other senior players over new deals, including Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, Alisson and Fabinho.
Fenway Sports Group (FSG) have a policy of investing in younger talent with long-term value and showed with their handling of the Wijnaldum negotiations that they are not afraid to let players leave for nothing if terms cannot be agreed.
Liverpool’s owners were unprepared to give Wijnaldum the wages or length of deal he was looking for.
Klopp wanted to keep Wijnaldum and will hope a similar situation does not now unfold with Henderson, who has been a hugely influential figure on and off the field. Last year, Henderson was named the Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year after captaining Liverpool to the league title and being instrumental in the creation of the #PlayersTogether initiative that raised funds for the NHS.
PSG and Atletico Madrid have been touted as potential homes for Henderson were he to leave Liverpool down the line, even if that scenario may not come to pass.
Mauricio Pochettino, the former Tottenham manager now in charge of PSG, is said to be a keen admirer of Henderson.
Henderson is due to join up with Liverpool’s training camp at the start of next month after being given three weeks off following his involvement in the Euros with England.
Jordan Henderson was included in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the Euros and played 151 minutes as a substitute
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Henderson, a £16 million signing from Sunderland in 2011, underwent an operation on his adductor after suffering a groin problem against Everton in February and did not play again from that point for Liverpool last season.
However, he was still included in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the Euros and played 151 minutes as a substitute as England were beaten on penalties in the final by Italy.
Liverpool have signed 22-year-old defender Ibrahima Konaté for £35m from RB Leipzig this summer and want a balance between youth and experience in the squad.
Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Joel Matip and Xherdan Shaqiri are all 29, Van Dijk and Thiago are 30 and James Milner, who is out of contract next summer, is 35.
Liverpool may seek to recruit more heavily next summer after what they hope will have been a full season of capacity crowds at Anfield that would alleviate some of the strain on finances as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.