'He'll be the hardest to replace' - Exclusive: Pundit makes shock Liverpool transfer claim
Danny Mills has made the shock claim the biggest challenge facing Liverpool will be to replace Jordan Henderson.
The former Manchester City right-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed the 29-year-old is the “driving force” and even more irreplaceable than the galaxy of world-class stars in Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The club captain still has three years left on his current deal at Anfield having signed an extension in 2018.
Henderson has led the Reds to within a touching distance of a first league title for thirty years and has arguably had his best season in a red shirt.
The only Premier League loss suffered by last season’s Champions League winners came in the absence of the central midfielder – an uncharacteristic 3-0 defeat at Watford.
Mills fears, whilst there is undoubted talent in the Reds midfield, there is no-one that can replicate what Henderson gives to the side.
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“It is interesting when you look at Liverpool and how good that midfield is but the one player they will have to replace sooner rather than later is Jordan Henderson,” he told Football Insider.
“He will be the hardest player to replace – his drive, ambition, desire and professionalism.
“Henderson is not getting any younger. You have Wijnaldum, Keita, Fabinho and Oxlade Chamberlain coming into form, but Henderson is the driving force.
“Trying to find a replacement for him will be the hardest thing for Liverpool to do.”
That is a major surprise given the abundance of brilliant players in Klopp’s side.
Seven of them finished in the top 30 in last year’s Ballon D’Or vote – Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Georginio Wijnaldum – with Henderson missing out.
As revealed by Football Insider, Jurgen Klopp has made Wijnaldum’s contract renewal his top priority this summer and talks are ongoing with FSG.
The Netherlands international entering the final year of his deal on Merseyside.
Henderson has made 359 appearances for the Reds since arriving from Sunderland in July 2011.
In other Liverpool news, Paul Robinson has told Football Insider £52million ace may be ideal replacement for Henderson.