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Report: Jordan Henderson agrees new $150,000-per-week contract to stay at Liverpool

Blackburn Rovers v Liverpool - FA Cup Quarter Final Replay

BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: Captain Jordan Henderson of Liverpool celebrates victory after the FA Cup Quarter Final Replay match between Blackburn Rovers and Liverpool at Ewood Park on April 8, 2015 in Blackburn, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

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By any metric, Jordan Henderson has been one of Liverpool’s most consistent performers throughout the entire 2014-15 Premier League season, a year in which the Reds have slipped from a second-place finish a year ago to what would appear to be a fight for fifth this time around, and he’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

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According to multiple reports out of the UK — first reported here, by the Daily Mail — Henderson has agreed a new five-year contract that will keep the 24-year-old midfielder at Liverpool until 2020, and reportedly pay the potential captain-in-waiting close to $150,000 per week.

Henderson, whose current contract expires at the end of the 2015-16 season, could replace outgoing captain and club legend Steven Gerrard as the new club captain as soon as this summer. While that’s far from set in stone, Henderson’s 6 league goals and 8 assists this season rank second (Raheem Sterling) and first for Liverpool, respectively.

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With Sterling’s reluctance and prolonged contract drama recently enveloping the headlines, Henderson’s quick re-signing will certainly come as a welcome development for Liverpool fans, and perhaps serve as a motivating factor for Sterling, a reassurance of the club’s intentions, that his long-term future also lies at Liverpool.

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