Liverpool — or perhaps, Liverpool fans — are at a crossroads at this point in the season. With high-profile losses in the league, a crash out of an FA Cup semi-final that should have been immensely winnable on paper, and more than a handful of players not looking to discuss contract extensions until the summer, it's a stressful time for those trying to piece together what the club's future might look like both long and short term. Who will be left standing come next fall and how they might define success for the new season remains to be seen, but some of those pieces are starting to slide into place.
Jordan Henderson has been Liverpool's second highest profile hold out this season when it comes to players who seemed to be at odds with the club over what he was being offered versus what he hoped to receive in his next contract with the club. Like Raheem Sterling before him, the vice captain was prepared to wait until the summer if a deal couldn't be worked out this past winter, but reports emerging late Monday evening indicate that the player has finally agreed a new deal that would see him stay at Anfield until 2020.
Henderson's new contract would see him earning a cool £100k/week, which is less than the £120k/week he was reportedly seeking but would still make him one of the top earners at the club once the likes of Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson depart. It isn't a captain's salary, but Henderson hasn't yet been formally offered the armband and it's still nearly double what he currently earns.
With FFP regulations tightening their grip on clubs and several — Manchester City, Chelsea — struggling to maintain their quota of English players, Henderson could easily have found a place in many teams should he have decided to move on. But Henderson's signature and his inevitable lean on a vertical surface at Melwood are a good indication that despite this season's turmoil, Liverpool FC is still a club worth dedicating yourself to in the prime of your career. If fans are lucky, this will serve as a message any teammates who may not yet have got the message.
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