It has been a whirlwind past couple of weeks for Liverpool, and at the culmination of it all it hasn’t been a period to look back on with particularly happy memories.
Defeats to Manchester United and Arsenal have all-but ended their Champions League hopes, whereas star player Raheem Sterling has yet to agree a new contract – throwing his future up in the air.
To top it all off, reports in the Daily Star now suggest that Premier League leaders Chelsea are eyeing a deal for Jordan Henderson following his decision to turn down a new contract worth £80,000-a-week.
The former Sunderland man has stepped up to obtain the captaincy role in Steven Gerrard’s absence, and losing him to the Blues would be a real kick in the teeth given his newfound influence at Anfield.
But fortunately for the Reds’ supporters, the likelihood of him moving to Stamford Bridge is arguably as slim as Raheem Sterling deserting the club for rivals United.
Blues boss Jose Moruinho will be keen to strengthen his squad once more in the summer, but the areas of focus are more likely to be long-term replacements for Didier Drogba and John Terry.
Central midfield is likely to be the least of the Portuguese coaches’ concerns, especially considering not many players worldwide will be able to remove Nemanja Matic or Cesc Fabregas from the starting XI.
The duo are arguably the strongest combination throughout the West Londoners’ squad, whereas Ramieres, John Obi Mikel, Kurt Zouma and the loaned-out Marco Van Ginkel offer competition for places.
Moreover, Henderson’s contract on Merseyside expires in 2016, therefore any potential transfer this summer would cost north of £20 million – a steep figure for a player with no promises of being a regular.
The Reds are in for an interesting and perhaps nervous summer ahead, but one thing supporters can take comfort from is that Henderson is surely set to captain the side on a permanent basis as of next season.