The Daily Telegraph claims Liverpool made a promise to Jordan Henderson, and his teammates, that progress at club and individual level would be met with reward.
In Henderson’s case it looks as though that reward is coming in the form of a new long term contract offer, designed to keep him at the club until at least 2019.
The daily paper also suggests that Henderson’s signing of that deal is considered a formality because he’s become a loyal player who is currently invaluable to Brendan Rodgers.
“Jordan Henderson is the latest Liverpool player to enter contract negotiations with his club, with the England midfielder to be rewarded for his promotion to vice-captaincy,” reports the Telegraph.
“A contract extension for Henderson is expected to be a formality given the 24-year-old’s progress and desire to stay.”
“The club hierarchy promised rewards for those who excelled during last season’s title challenge, and progress is evidently being made.”
Henderson was told he could leave the club at one point by Brendan Rodgers if he could find himself a new side to play for.
However, he rejected that opportunity announcing his determination to fight for his Liverpool place, which turned out to be the right choice given his form for club and country over the last 12 months.
What’s most remarkable about the way he plays is his versatility.
He can play a number of different roles and positions in various formations, showcasing defensive and aggressive qualities which make him one of the most complete midfielders in the Premier League.
He’s also become associated with the Liverpool side which very nearly won the league last season and hence his long term commitment guarantees strength down the middle of Liverpool’s team.
Steven Gerrard’s retirement is just around the corner so it was always going to be vital for Liverpool to secure the future of Henderson, who has become one of their key assets.