By Noel Whelan

20th Jul, 2021 | 8:30pm

Liverpool would be 'crazy' to let Henderson go - Whelan

Noel Whelan has heralded Jordan Henderson’s impact at Liverpool after contract talks reportedly stalled at Anfield.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds man said the Reds would be “crazy” to let the midfielder leave.

The Athletic reported on 19th July that talks over a new had stalled with the Liverpool captain.

Henderson’s current deal is set to expire in 2023.

He is yet to return from holiday following Euro 2020.

Henderson signed for Liverpool in 2011 for a fee of £20 million and has made 392 appearances for the Merseyside club.

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When asked about the contract stalemate by Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, Whelan said: “I think it would be crazy not to offer him a new deal.

“Despite not playing very much in the Euros, he’s important to Liverpool in terms of being a leader. That’s perhaps why Gareth Southgate selected him despite his injury.

“You can’t replace players who know the club and have that ability to get a team going through that leadership out there on the pitch.

“I’m sure as he is getting towards the latter stages of his career, there will be things that they [Liverpool] won’t want to offer.

“That’s what happens when you get to a certain point in your career and a certain age. He may well have to take a pay cut, maybe accept that he won’t play every game.

“He’s been ever-present for Liverpool so it’ll surprise me if they aren’t able to come to a compromise. He’s a player you don’t want to lose.”

“That’s what happens when you get to a certain point in your career and a certain age. He may well have to take a pay cut, maybe accept that he won’t play every game.

“He’s been ever-present for Liverpool so it’ll surprise me if they aren’t able to come to a compromise. He’s a player you don’t want to lose.”

Henderson was an integral part of the Liverpool side which ended their league title drought in the 2019/20 season. He also captained the Merseyside club to their sixth Champions League trophy in 2019.

In other news, Fabrizio Romano has hinted at a possible shock Anfield move for this Portuguese midfielder.