The Liverpool midfielder has grown as a player since his move from Sunderland.
Though it may have taken Henderson a little while to settle in at Anfield, no-one can doubt his importance in this season’s campaign as he played a part in every game, and a new contract is just reward for his improvement and importance to the current Liverpool side.
He also made the most appearances out of any of the players during his first season at the club, after he had signed for £16million in the summer of 2011 from Sunderland.
In that time he has grown as a player. Though he came in for much criticism during his first season and a half, from then on he has pushed on.
Brendan Rodgers has said that Henderson has tactically improved during his time at the club which has seen him become one of the most integral parts of the Liverpool side.
Though it has been highlighted that Henderson’s pressing and energy is a key factor of his game, since then his passing range has developed, while his ability to play a variety of positions has become more accomplished than it was in his first season where looked a little out of place on the right under Kenny Dalglish.
Since then he has played across the midfield, in a wing-back role and supported the attack – and all of these qualities have put him on the brink of being part of England’s World Cup squad in Brazil in the summer.
He is not the finished article, but six assists from the 23-year-old so far this season is a pretty impressive return. There is perhaps a desire for him to improve a little more on the scoring front. He showed signs of being a threat in front of goal towards the end of last season, but this season he only has two in all competitions to date.
Nevertheless, signing a talent like Henderson up for the long term, someone who has a lot more to give and is performing well right now, is a smart and necessary move for Liverpool.