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Jurgen Klopp praises “general” Jordan Henderson after midfielder signs new five-year-deal

Jurgen Klopp praises “general” Jordan Henderson after midfielder signs new five-year-deal

Jurgen Klopp has heaped praise on midfielder Jordan Henderson after the 28-year-old signed a new five-year deal at Anfield.

Henderson joined Liverpool from Sunderland in 2011 and has made 283 appearances, scoring 24 goals.

The England international was also named the club’s captain back in 2015 by former manager Brendan Rodgers after the departure of Steven Gerrard.

“Jordan embodies entirely what it means to be a Liverpool player in this modern era of football,” said Klopp.

“The best thing is he will get even better in these coming years.”

He continued: “Jordan is so important to us and we are very fortunate as a club to have this person commit to us as he has,” said Klopp.

“You can tell through his actions on and off the pitch he treats representing our badge and our shirt as a privilege.

“He carries a lot on his shoulders that people on the outside won’t see, but he embraces that responsibility and that leadership. He is our ‘General’ and I trust him completely.”

Henderson has made only one start for the Reds this season after a busy summer in which the club made a handful of big money signings, including midfield duo Naby Keita and Fabinho.

But despite his lack of involvement so far this term, the Englishman says he is delighted to commit his long term future to the club.

“I’m very happy to have signed a new contract for a long period of time – I’m absolutely delighted,” he said.

“I’m so privileged to have been a part of this club for so long, and hopefully even longer now. I want to be here for as long as I can be.”