Jordan Henderson set to sign five-year Liverpool contract

Jordan Henderson: Touted by some as the natural heir to Steven Gerrard for Liverpool and England
Image: Jordan Henderson: Touted by some as the natural heir to Steven Gerrard for Liverpool and England

Jordan Henderson is close to signing a new five-year contract with Liverpool, according to Sky sources.

After a difficult first season following his £20m transfer from Sunderland in 2011, the England midfielder has become a key player for the Reds and has captained the team in the absence of Steven Gerrard this season

Gerrard is set to depart for Major League Soccer this summer and Henderson has been tipped to take the armband on a permanent basis after being appointed vice-captain by Brendan Rodgers last summer.

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The 24-year-old has established himself in Roy Hodgson's England team during his time at Anfield and has 20 international caps to his name including two starts at the 2014 World Cup.

Henderson, who has played in 30 of Liverpool's 31 Premier League games this season, has one year left on his current contract but the new deal will see him stay at the club beyond 2020.

The former Sunderland midfielder has remained tightlipped over reports about his future while Raheem Sterling's situation has attracted numerous headlines.

Club legend John Aldridge believes Henderson owes Liverpool his allegiance.

The former Republic of Ireland striker told Sky Sports News HQ: "Brendan made him the captain some six months ago in front of more experienced players and I think it would have been a slight to the club and the management if Jordan wanted to go somewhere else.

"He's been excellent for the club. The first season, the club seemed a little bit too big for him but the lad's been tremendous. He's been brilliant for us and you want to build on what we've done positively over the last two years and he falls into that category."

Liverpool are looking to secure the futures of several key players with Phillipe Coutinho signing a new deal to 2020 in February and Daniel Sturridge pledging his future to the club until 2019 with a new contract in October.

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