Liverpool’s signing of Jordan Henderson in 2011, has proven to be one of the great long-term investments of the FSG era.
The irreplaceable club-captain has been integral to Liverpool’s recent Premier League and Champions League success.
In just under 10 years with the club, Henderson has solidified himself as one of the club’s all-time greats.
With that said, finding his long-term replacement is going to prove a difficult task.
Also, considering Henderson will be 31 come to the start of next season, it’s a reality that Liverpool have to come to terms with soon.
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Here is a look at three players we think Liverpool should consider in the future…
West Ham midfielder Declan Rice has been one of the player’s of the 2020/21 season under David Moyes.
The 22-year-old has played every minute of Premier League action this term and has captained the Hammers in 14 of their 18 league matches.
He has been an indispensable asset to the club all season and has been integral in West Ham’s impressive campaign, so far. The Hammers are just two points off of the Champions League places, after all.
Despite his young age, Rice is already an established international with 10 England caps. More importantly, he has regularly partnered Henderson for his national team and the two look like an ideal fit.
With that said, given his versatility and age, he could be a smart investment from Liverpool’s behalf.
In terms of longevity, there isn’t really a better Premier League option currently on the market for Liverpool to explore.
Another player who has enjoyed an impressive first half of the campaign. Yves Bissouma has been a standout performer under Graham Potter for Brighton this term.
At 24, similarly to Rice, he looks like a player who is destined to sign for a bigger club in the coming years.
In regards to Henderson, Liverpool require a player who can match the skipper’s skillset. His energy and willingness to sacrifice himself for the team has been huge in enabling Jurgen Klopp’s team to operate at full capacity.
Liverpool, then, would require someone with a similar style of play. A versatile and energetic midfielder capable of getting the best out of those around him.
Bissouma is someone who is certainly capable of this. The Mali international isn’t someone who likes to create or score, but he certainly ticks a lot of boxes for Liverpool and Klopp.
This was showcased firsthand against the Reds during the 1-1 draw with Brighton back in November.
Bissouma dominated the midfield and his performance certainly would have caught the attention of Klopp. In total, he made eight tackles – twice as many as any other player. He also completed three dribbles and had a pass success rate of 88 per cent.
If Gini Wijnaldum were to leave, Bissouma could be an ideal player to learn under Henderson and eventually succeed him.
Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips has been another star performer in the English top-flight this season.
At 25, he has made a huge step up following four years of Championship football. His outstanding performances under Marcelo Bielsa have resulted in an England call-up, too.
Similarly to Henderson, Phillips is the driving force behind his team’s expansive style of football. He likes to set the tempo in midfield and receive the ball from deep.
According to WhoScored, he averages an impressive 58 passes per game.
He is a player who certainly has a lot to offer at the top level of English football.
Liverpool are currently well-stocked in midfield, but if Phillips can continue to learn under the managerial brilliance of Bielsa, Klopp could be inclined to make an approach in the future.