Mike Gordon and Michael Edwards are reluctant to hand Jordan Henderson a long-term contract extension to keep the Liverpool captain at Anfield, according to the Mirror.
The Reds’ co-owner and Sporting Director are leading negotiations with Henderson, who has two years remaining on his current deal. But they are hesitant to tie the 31-year-old down to a long renewal, given his age and recent injury record.
Henderson missed 12 Premier League fixtures through various issues last season, while starting 20 of his 21 outings. Yet Jurgen Klopp is desperate for Henderson – a player he trusts and relies on to set the tone – to stay.
However, Klopp could see Henderson’s Liverpool future become increasingly clouded due to Edwards and Gordon’s stance. The £140,000-per-week leader has made it clear that he will not agree to their terms, leaving the talks stalled indefinitely.
Edwards and Gordon would ideally like Henderson to see out his current Liverpool contract before penning future short-term extensions. Those deals would also depend on his fitness and number of appearances, which is the opposite of the midfielder’s desires.
Henderson wants Gordon and Edwards to offer a clear indication of Liverpool’s plans. And if they say they will not offer a long-tern extension, he could speak with clubs who will offer it.
Reports by The Athletic note Mauricio Pochettino is tracking Henderson’s situation with a view to him joining Paris Saint-Germain. They also note Luis Suarez would love Atletico Madrid to sign his former Liverpool teammate, who the La Liga champions also admire.
Edwards and Gordon obstructing Liverpool keeping Henderson
Edwards and Gordon’s decision to hold off offering Henderson a long-term contract is clearly obstructing Liverpool in the current negotiations. Their stance has erected a big impasse between the two parties that is unlikely to fall without one backing down.
But both sides will likely hold firm in their desires for as long as possible, with Liverpool holding the advantage. The club have Henderson under contract for another two years on terms worth significantly less than some of his teammates.
And, despite impeding talks, Edwards and Gordon are fine with Henderson running down his terms, at which point he’ll be 33. That will also benefit the pair of Liverpool chiefs, as the 64-cap international would likely not be able to demand the same value as he currently can.