Liverpool’s five-point contract plan for key stars amid Jordan Henderson stand-off

Could Jordan Henderson really leave Liverpool?

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News of Jordan Henderson’s contract complications has certainly caused confusion among Liverpool supporters. The 31-year-old has reportedly held talks with the club over a new deal but has failed to make any progress regarding an extension.

Henderson has been with the Reds for a decade and is still one of the most important players in the side as the captain.

But there is a possibility that the Sunderland-born midfielder could be allowed to leave, so that Liverpool avoid a Gini Wijnaldum contract situation.

The Dutchman was allowed to leave the club on a free transfer this summer having failed to agree fresh terms with the Reds, costing the club what would have been a healthy transfer fee for his services.

As explained by the Athletic, Liverpool’s contract policy is “committed to a strategy of evolution rather than revolution” and is very much about planning for the future.

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The Reds’ owners, Fenway Sports Group (FSG), are not keen to keen out long-term deals to players over the age of 30 and past the peak of their playing careers.

Many of the current first-team squad are approaching the age of 30, meaning the club will be faced with recruiting a number of new stars with a similar profile to that of Diogo Jota (24).

Alisson Becker, Fabinho, Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson are being prioritised as players the club wants to secure the futures of ahead of the new Premier League season.

While Salah is in line for a contract offer, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are not currently ranked with the same priority status.

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Liverpool’s front three have been a huge success since operating in tandem at the start of the 2017/18 season as a forward unit, but it remains to be seen for how much longer they continue to lead the line for the Reds.

Of the three players, Firmino is most at risk of losing his title of a guaranteed starter in the side and was exposed to spells out of the team last term following the emergence of Jota.

The Brazilian forward has experienced a dip in form during the last 18 months and has failed to produce the same numbers in front of goal compared to Salah and Mane.

Salah’s future has been in doubt at stages over the last few months, however, having made some interesting remarks during an interview with Spanish publication AS in March.

The Egyptian claimed that his future was “in Liverpool’s hands” but refused to rule out a potential Anfield departure.

“I think Madrid and Barcelona are top clubs. We never know what is going to happen in the future,” he said.

“Right now I can say that everything is in the club’s hands. Of course, I want to break records here and, I repeat, every record in the club, but everything’s in the hands of the club.”

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