Agbonlahor suggests Henderson's 'legs are going' amid Liverpool update
Gabby Agbonlahor has insisted Liverpool will not be in a rush to tie Jordan Henderson down to a new contract.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England forward admitted Henderson could quit Anfield when his contract expires like Georginio Wijnaldum did this summer.
The Athletic reported on 19 July discussions about extending the club captain’s deal have not made any progress.
He has two years left to run on his current contract.
“This is where people don’t understand contracts,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“He’s got two years left and he’ll be 33 when the two years are done. We’re not talking about a player who will be 25 when the two players are done.
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“If I’m Liverpool, I’m thinking ‘There’s no rush.’ You’d only be rushing if the player was down to his last year and was in his 20s.
“I don’t see any problem in Liverpool not signing him up yet. There’s no rush. It’s not a problem.
“There’s a lot of football to be played in the next two years and we’ve seen Henderson struggle with some injuries. Liverpool are probably thinking ‘Let’s wait and see how he does in the next 18 months then we’ve got a decision to make.’
“A central-midfielder at 33, there’s a lot of running in there. I think Liverpool are playing it right.
“He could leave like Wijnaldum but maybe that would suit Liverpool. You don’t know what his form is going to be like in two years time. Your legs get a bit slower when you get to 32, 33.
“I’m sure if Liverpool really want to keep Jordan Henderson they’ll offer him a deal and he’ll want to stay there, he’s been there over 10 years now.”