Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has suggested that he’ll continue playing for another five years.
In quotes from The Mirror, Henderson has indicated that he still feels as fit as ever, despite now entering his thirties.
“I still feel good. I wouldn’t look too far ahead, I don’t think there is any need to, but it is another huge opportunity. We’ve done well in the last few tournaments and hopefully we’ve learnt from the experience of the last World Cup and Euros and take it into this tournament,” he said.
“I look at some players still playing internationals at 36 and 37. So it just depends on how you feel physically and I feel very good. I think last season I played more games than anyone else in Europe. So physically it’s not an issue and I’m still excited being here with England.
“If that wasn’t the case then obviously I would maybe think about that, but I’m always excited about being called. up. I want to be here and I want to show I can help the team become successful. Until that changes there’s no reason to even think about that.”
Henderson not slowing down just yet
It probably depends on who you ask as to whether Jordan Henderson is starting to show his age.
To some Liverpool fans, the 32-year-old is beginning to look past his best in the Reds midfield. For others, he’s still a vital component in Jurgen Klopp’s high energy pressing game.
The truth is probably somewhere in the middle. There’s no denying that at thirty-two, Henderson doesn’t quite have the legs he once did.
His performances have at times been underwhelming this season. But show me a Liverpool player who’s hasn’t.
On the flip side, Henderson rightly points out that he played more than anyone else in the squad last season. He may not have always been starting games, but the energy and drive he provided Liverpool with were crucial in them winning a domestic double.
At his best, Liverpool’s No.14 is a crucial part of what makes Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold so lethal.
Henderson’s relentless overlapping runs down the right-hand side often give that pair the license to wreak havoc. As well as giving Liverpool another option in the attacking third, he can capably cover Trent defensively too.
With Harvey Elliott shuffling across to that side, we’ve seen that a little less from Henderson this season. But that doesn’t mean the energy is gone. Some fans may not be thrilled about the prospect of him staying on for so many years, but he’s still crucial to Klopp. He’s also earned the right to go out on his terms.