By Paul Robinson

18th Aug, 2021 | 7:00pm

Pundit backs Liverpool to compete again after 'huge new signing'

Tying Jordan Henderson down to a new contract would be like a “huge new signing” for Liverpool, according to Paul Robinson.

The former Spurs keeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the midfielder could help the Reds compete at the top of the Premier League again this season.

Football Insider reported yesterday (August 17th) that Henderson is set to join Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Alisson and Fabinho in pledging his future to the Anfield club.

Henderson’s deal was due to expire next summer but is now understood to have pledged his future to Liverpool until 2024.

As quoted by The Times’ Paul Joyce, Jurgen Klopp confirmed a new deal “will happen”.

Robinson said that Liverpool chiefs will be relieved.

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He suggested it could have affected performances had the situation not been resolved.

“It’s a huge signing for Liverpool,” Robinson told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“A big boost after the publicity and uproar about him potentially not signing a new deal,”

“It looks like the club are trying to shift [Xherdan]Shaqiri and [Divock] Origi in order to allow Jurgen Klopp that one more signing this window.

“However, with Alexander-Arnold, van Dijk, Alisson and Henderson signing new deals – they are almost like new signings.

“They’re still a top side who can compete if they just get one or two additions.

“If they’d have had Henderson’s contract situation looming over them all season then it could have affected his performances or the team’s performances.

“Wijnaldum leaves a huge hole – I was really surprised they let him go. Henderson will have to step up and fill the void.”

Henderson made just 19 league appearances last season.

In other news, ex-referee Keith Hackett has called for FA reform after this Liverpool players ‘dive’ on opening day.