Brendan Rodgers expects more to follow Jordan Henderson

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Brendan Rodgers believes that more players will mimic Jordan Henderson and ink a new long-term contract at Liverpool.

Henderson signed a fresh five-year deal worth £100,00-a week on Thursday, eliminating any rumours of him moving away from the Merseyside outfit this summer.

The news has delighted Rodgers, who is expected to hand the 24-year-old the captaincy at Anfield next season when Steven Gerrard leaves the club for Los Angeles Galaxy.

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This season, Liverpool have been keen to tie-up new deals with their key players and Henderson joins Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho to committing his future to the five-time European Cup winners.

And Rodgers feels that Henderson will continue to improve and players sitting on the fence about extending their time at the Merseyside club will be persauded by the former Sunderland man doing so.

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Long-term commitment

“The fact he has made such a long-term commitment to Liverpool is a sign of his belief in what we are looking to do here," Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo.

“He will have a crucial role to play as we look to take this side forward and look to add success to the progress we have made.”

“Jordan is an ambitious player and he believes, as we do, those ambitions will be fulfilled at Liverpool. He joins Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge as players who have signed long-term contracts with us this season.

"This, other renewals and further additions in the summer are all part of moving the club forward.


“Jordan’s focus was always on remaining at Liverpool and he never wavered in his commitment to Liverpool throughout the process.

"With contract negotiations it is the outcome that matters and not the timing - and we had excellent dialogue with Jordan and his representative. We have secured an outcome that is positive for both the player and club.

“As a club we are committed to investing in the team and our manager and a crucial part of that commitment is retaining the talent we have currently have and making sure they grow, develop and achieve success with us, here at Liverpool.”

Sterling Priority

There's no hiding that Rodgers is deperate to keep Raheem Sterling at the club.

Contract negotiations with the 20-year-old have got ugly in recent months, with Sterling reportedly rejecting a £100,00 a week deal with the Reds and stalled talks until the end of the season.

The former QPR man has brought plenty of speculation about the future of his career and put Europe's elite club's such as Real Madrid, Chelsea and Jueventus on red alert.

Jon Flanagan, who has not played this season due to injury, has still not renewed his contract with the Reds, with his current deal ending this June and it is reported that a deal is being made to keep the academy graduate at the club.

Clear Plan

Rodgers has a clear plan at the Merseyside club, which is keeping his vital players and letting his fringe players leave.

Glen Johnson's reportedly picks up almost £100,00-a week at Anfield, however, his current contract also runs out this June. With the end of the season fast-approaching, the England international will not be offered a new contract by the Reds, as he is a player deemed not needed by Rodgers.

For the majority of the season, the Northern Irishman has played a similar team week in, week out and narrowed his core squad down to a small number.

In the past, Liverpool have had a monumental amount of players on their books who only used to feature during the third round of the Capital One Cup. However, this strategy has been rejected by the former Swansea City boss as he looks to keep wage bills as low as possible.

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