The Liverpool captain is currently in the process of negotiating a new deal with the reds, but the progress of the talks isn’t moving as quickly as many would like.
Jordan Henderson has captained Liverpool since the departure of Steven Gerrard in 2015, and his current contract keeps him at Anfield until 2023.
The Mackem superstar has won everything worth winning during his time at the club, firmly cementing him as a fan favourite throughout the city, but his future is beginning to look uncertain.
The Athletic is reporting that talks between the club and the captain have now stalled after weeks of discussion, claiming that sporting director Michael Edwards does not see his contract renewal as a major priority this summer.
Offering lucrative contracts to players over 30 is not typically a part of the business model that Fenway Sports Group (Liverpool’s owners) often use.
Liverpool will however be keen to avoid a similar situation to what we saw this summer with Georginio Wijnaldum, who left on a free to Paris Saint Germain after he and the club failed to come to an agreement regarding the length and value of his contract.
Henderson and his agent will no doubt have similar aims to Wijnaldum- To secure a final large contract as the midfielder plays out his final years at the highest level.
However, the comparisons between the skipper and Wijndaldum are close, but not identical.
Gini Wijnaldum is a picture of health at the age of 30, featuring in the team more times (51) than any other player in the 20/21 campaign as Liverpool finished 3rd in the Premier League.
Henderson, however, has been fighting off recurring injuries for the past few seasons, and at the age of 31, this is unlikely to change as time goes on.
Since 2018, the captain has missed 33 games through 11 different injuries- Missing 15 consecutive games last season with a groin injury sustained in the Merseyside derby at Anfield.
Liverpool fans, like myself, will be hoping that a compromise between the two parties can be reached, as failing to provide a suitable contract for a legendary captain is never a good look for any club.
The negotiations are also far from over, and the report from The Athletic claims that the talks are still ongoing, but does describe the situation as ‘complicated and sensitive’.
The worry for Liverpool is that due to the leadership qualities and sheer ability that the 31-year-old has, he will not be short of potential suitors if this issue drags on too long.
Elite clubs from across the continent will be monitoring the situation as it unfolds, hoping to snatch one of the most consistent midfielders in Europe for a low price.