Jordan Henderson can ‘play for any club’, talkSPORT has been told amid claims he could leave Liverpool THIS summer.
However, the captain has been told not to trade his legendary status ‘for a few quid’ as new contract talks rumble on, with a former Premier League star saying: ‘Your legacy at a club is priceless’.
Stunning reports this week have claimed Henderson is facing an uncertain future at Anfield, with talks over a new contract hitting the rocks.
It is claimed negotiations over a contract extension stalled before Euro 2020 and there has been no progress since.
The 31-year-old has two years left to run on his current deal at the Merseyside club, and it is said he is hoping for a strong offer from the Reds.
The reports claim Henderson wants an offer that signifies his importance and worth to the club, but that he could end up leaving this summer if they choose to cash in – with Fenway Sports Group chiefs reluctant to lose another player for nothing after Georginio Wijnaldum left for Paris Saint-Germain earlier this summer.
It is also claimed a number of top European clubs have been alerted over the England midfielder’s uncertain future, with Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino said to be monitoring the situation, as well as Atletico Madrid where he could join former teammate Luis Suarez.
Jamie O’Hara responded to the rumours on Tuesday’s talkSPORT Breakfast, and said Henderson is good enough to play at any club in Europe.
But he just can’t see the Red skipper leaving, after leading the club to Champions League and Premier League glory and being on the cusp of Anfield immortality.
“Jordan Henderson can play for anyone, in my opinion,” said the former Tottenham man.
“He’s been absolutely brilliant over the last few seasons. He took over from Steven Gerrard to become the captain, and that’s almost an impossible job, but Henderson has done that and he’s been superb for Liverpool.
“I’d be really surprised if they don’t get this sorted out, he is the captain, players look up to him, everyone talks about how much they love him and how big he is for the team.
“When he doesn’t play for Liverpool… you could argue he’s not their best player, which he isn’t, but he’s one of their most important players, without a doubt. When he plays, the team is better. When he got injured and he didn’t play, they struggled. He is the driving force of that midfield.
“I can’t see how Liverpool will just not get this sorted.
“There might be a situation where they’ve got to come to an agreement, whether it’s money, the length of contract, but I think they’ll get it sorted out.
“I can’t see Liverpool without Jordan Henderson. It’s his agent’s job and the club’s job to sort this out.”
Carlton Cole also joined talkSPORT to share his warning for Henderson – don’t trade your Liverpool legacy for one last payday.
“You can’t leave a club like Liverpool over a few quid – your legacy at a club is priceless,” said the former West Ham striker, where he is still beloved by supporters.
“I’ve lived it. Sometimes you can go for the money but in the long run when you’re actually a club legend, that is priceless.
“When you’re held in high regard in that capacity, you can’t buy that.
“I’m an ambassador for West Ham and I appreciate it so much, because I know how hard I battled to get to that point.
“You’ve got to weigh the pros and cons of leaving a club, having a home, a place where you belong, and he’s done it all by winning the Champions League and Premier League, he’s the captain and highly regarded over there, so why would you want to move over a few quid?
“He’s 31. When the end of his contract is up he’ll be 33/34 and he’s still going to be on big money. If he signs for an extra two or three years after that he’ll be on big money until 35/36.
“You’ve got to take that, mate!
“Even though he might be expecting more, sometimes there’s give and take. You’ve got to look at the bigger picture.
“Jordan Henderson needs to appreciate his position. He is a good player, but he is not Lionel Messi. He’ll be fine. If he gets an extra two years, that’s enough, and then he can move on after that if he still wants to play.”