Chelsea are being linked with a surprise summer move for Jordan Henderson after the Liverpool midfielder allegedly turned down a new £80,000-a-week Anfield contract.
According to the Daily Star's chief football writer David Woods, the England international is the latest Reds player whose future on Merseyside is now shrouded in doubt following a breakdown in negotiations over an extension to his current deal.
It's already been widely reported that Brendan Rodgers is struggling to convince Raheem Sterling to commit his long-term future to Liverpool, and now the Northern Irishman faces the same problem with the winger's Three Lions team-mate Henderson.
The news has alerted Blues boss Jose Mourinho, who would love to bring the former Sunderland man to Stamford Bridge, even though he has an array of midfield talent already on the books in west London.
Liverpool are planning more talks with Henderson as a priority as he prepares to enter the final 12 months of his contract at the end of the season.
The 24-year-old is now regarded as one of Liverpool's key players despite initially struggling to live up to his £20 million price-tag following his move from the Stadium of Light in the summer of 2011.
And, with club captain Steven Gerrard set to depart at the end of the campaign, it's become increasingly imperative that Rodgers retains the services of Henderson for the foreseeable future.
Henderson has been tipped to replace Gerrard as the next Reds skipper, but failure to agree a new deal could put pay to those plans to instate the box-to-box star as successor.
Liverpool fans: How important is it that Jordan Henderson stays at Anfield? How much should the club be willing to pay him to see off rival interest from Chelsea? Have your say below...
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