Why Liverpool should offer Jordan Henderson more than what's on the table

Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and Simon Mignolet

He is becoming a vital part of the team, but by comparison to other players of his ilk, and members of the current squad, the offers he's received appears to be on the slim side.

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson's contract talks appear to be at a deadlock according to a report in the Liverpool Echo, with the vice-captain's representatives reported to have turned down an £85,000 per week offer for the former Sunderland man.

It is looking increasingly likely that when Steven Gerrard departs Merseyside for LA Galaxy that Henderson will be the man to take over the armband on a permanent basis.

At the end of the season, Henderson's contract will have just the 12 months to run on it, and given Liverpool's ambition and resources, the offer on the table does seem to be a small one - and it's probably of little surprise that his representatives are holding out for more.

Despite departing his boyhood club in 2011, Henderson seems to be building a great affinity with the supporters - and his performances lately in the absence of Gerrard have helped a lot in that regard, though his form in the past couple of years has not gone unnoticed.

It will be hard to think of another team in that aspires to be in the Champions League year in, year out - and even ambitions of challenging for the title going forward, to have their captain on less than six figures per week. While Liverpool's cause to try and keep a lid on wages and reward performance should be applauded, there does feel as if there's something of a disparity with Henderson compared to other players within the squad, and those of a similar ilk. 

This is a midfielder which the side could be built around going forward, or he would at least be a vital cog in a machine built around another figurehead for the side. 

It's a worry that it has got to this stage but one would think Henderson would sign a new deal, but the club needs to show how much they value him.

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