Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has reassured Jordan Henderson of his future at the club after a midfield recruitment drive this summer.
Naby Keita and Fabinho have arrived from RB Leipzig and Monaco respectively, adding bodies to an already crowded central midfield area.
However Klopp has said that the skipper has no reason to worry: “Hendo is so important to us, not only as a player but also as a person and as a leader,” he told the Mirror.
“You need these players like Hendo and Millie [James Milner] to help create a special spirit in the squad, otherwise it doesn’t work.
“There are no doubts about Hendo. I didn’t need the final proof in and around the World Cup or in last season.”
It would be natural for Henderson, and Milner for that matter, to feel somewhat concerned about their futures at Anfield after the club went and splashed the cash on Keita and Fabinho. Those two players arrived for big money, and as such would be expected to be given a lot of first team football this season. Georginio Wijnaldum remains at the club too, meaning that competition for places in midfield will be fierce on Merseyside this campaign, even more so once Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain returns from injury. As the club captain, though, Henderson was always going to be secure in his future at Anfield. The 28-year-old has really developed into a leader at both club and international level, and has become a massively important player for Liverpool following those tough early seasons. He’ll be happy to see Klopp give him his backing, and will be excited for the battle for places this term.