The transfer window is in full swing and this morning it was announced Liverpool had agreed a deal with Sunderland for promising English international Jordan Henderson. The deal, said to be in the region of £20m, is just the start of a colourful, exciting summer acquisition period.
For a long time Henderson was being scouted by Manchester City and Manchester United. With the retirement of Paul Scholes, he probably would have been the fresh blood to boost that flailing United midfield; however it now seems Sir Alex Ferguson will have to look somewhere else for a new midfield dynamo.
…they finished the season on excellent form…
Henderson will be a great addition to a Liverpool side, which after the arrival of Kenny Dalglish has been transformed into a team hungry for success and inflamed for playing slick, fast-flowing football. Although the last Premier League campaign saw the reds finish sixth, they finished the season on excellent form and it begs the question should they have appointed Kenny Dalglish earlier last season?
The signing of Jordan Henderson would certainly demonstrate the ambition and initiative Liverpool strives for next season. As long as Henderson is not placed on the right flank and is in his favoured position of centre midfield, he will be an effective coup for Liverpool. I could just see him next season playing the attacking midfield role Steven Gerrard has occupied for years at Anfield, linking up with strikers Luis Suarez and Dirk Kuyt, switching the play from defence to attack and making those runs into the box from midfield when necessary. Becoming playmaker at the heart of Liverpool’s midfield is a big ask. It will take time for any player to gel into a Liverpool side, but he will develop if given his chance.
But for any footballer playing for Liverpool would be a dream come true…
In recent weeks, Henderson said he wouldn’t be tempted by big money and he would pledge his allegiance to the black cats. But for any footballer playing for Liverpool would be a dream come true. Turning down the opportunity to play alongside the likes of Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, and the chance to perform week-in, week-out in front of a packed house of 40,000 odd at an epic venue like Anfield, would be an absolute travesty. Contemplating “what if” throughout your life would just not cut it and it looks almost certain, subject to paperwork and a medical, Henderson is on his way. As for the debate, is Henderson really worth the £20m price tag Liverpool have settled on? We will only have to wait next season.