Henderson: I was never going to leave Anfield

Liverpool FC news: Jordan Henderson signs new contract

England midfielder is favourite to replace Steven Gerrard as Liverpool captain at the end of the season and has agreed a five-year-deal worth at least £100,000 a week.

Jordan Henderson today signed his £25 million Liverpool contract and insisted there was no chance he would have left Anfield this summer.

As Telegraph Sport revealed on Monday, Henderson, the club’s vice-captain and favourite to replace Steven Gerrard in the role at the end of the season, has agreed a five-year-deal worth at least £100,000 a week.

His signature was formally put on the contract on Thursday, much to the relief of the 24-year-old following months of negotiations.

Gerrad, Balotelli & Henderson

“Thankfully today it’s done,” said Henderson. “I can concentrate on the future and what needs to be done now.

“I always said that I wanted to stay at Liverpool and there was no other club that I would go to. I wanted to commit my future and it was just a matter of time for my agent and the club to sort it out. For me it was just a case of leaving it to the club and my agent to sort it out.”

Henderson is the latest Liverpool player to pen new terms during the course of this season, following Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho.

Brendan Rodgers is retaining a core of his side until at least 2020, and his role in overseeing the development of these players is a reason why owners Fenway Sports Group have not even entertained the question of whether to pursue a new manager this summer, despite a disappointing campaign.

Much of the enduring faith in Rodgers comes from his track record in improving the players he works with, and none have evolved their game more than Henderson.

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