Liverpool boss delighted to land 'hugely talented footballer'

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Kenny Dalglish has hailed the signing of Jordan Henderson from Sunderland, after the 20-year-old penned a 'long-term deal' with the club.

Liverpool confirmed the transfer - rumoured to be worth up to £20 million - late on Thursday after the midfielder underwent a medial the previous afternoon, and Dalglish could not be happier with the result.

"It is fantastic for the football club to be able to attract hugely talented young footballers that have huge potential," said the Liverpool boss.

"Jordan is very mature for his age.

"He is respectful and his principles and everything else on and off the pitch are exemplary.

"Not only is he a talented footballer, he's a really good person as well. He loves his football and he is very appreciative of what Sunderland have done for him."


Henderson enjoyed a breakthrough season last year at the Stadium of Light, impressing a number of clubs with cultured performances both in the centre and on the right of Steve Bruce's midfield.

Such was the promise the youngster had shown, Fabio Capello picked him to start against France at Wembley last November, where Henderson began alongside his new captain Steven Gerrard.

Dalglish now hopes Henderson can flourish with Gerrard at his side at club level, while increasing the overall quality of the Liverpool squad.

"You know of young players before of course but we have been watching him since he came into the Sunderland first team and have been tracking him," added Dalglish.

"We just need to go out and bring people to the football club that will raise the profile and standard of the performances that we have had since January - and I think Jordan falls into that category. People might turn around and say, 'Well you have people in there who have done really well'.

"Of course they have done well - and hopefully next year people will be saying the same thing about Jordan."

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