Thursday April 23rd, 2015

Liverpool midfielder and vice-captain Jordan Henderson has signed a long-term contract after months of negotiations, the club announced Thursday.

The team did not disclose the contract details, but The Guardian reports Liverpool signed Henderson to a five-year deal that will pay him $150,000 (£100,000) a month.

Henderson, 24, is expected to take over as captain once Steven Gerrard leaves for Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer this summer.

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"I'm over the moon that it's finally done,” Henderson told the club website. "There has been talk about it for a while now. It's brilliant news for me to commit my future to this football club–I really feel that it's a good time for us to look forward to the future, with the squad we've got, the manager, the size of the club and the fans we've got.”

Henderson joined Liverpool from Sunderland in June 2011 and has made 180 appearances for the club, scoring 20 goals.

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"Jordan is a brilliant professional and his dedication to his career and football in general makes him a role model to all young players," Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said. "He has faced adversity in his time at Liverpool, but his improvement, growth and development is entirely down to his own hunger, commitment and willingness to learn and be better."

This season, Henderson has eight goals and 13 assists over all competitions, including tallying six goals and eight assists in the Premier League.

Liverpool is fifth in the Premier League standings with 57 points.

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