10 Apr 2015

Legend blasts: £20m Liverpool star is 'nowhere near' good enough to be an 'all-time great'

After rejecting an improved contract offer, Reds midfielder Jordan Henderson is reportedly holding out for a massive £100k-a-week contract, and this has enraged management legend Harry Redknapp, who insists that Hendo should stop stalling and sign a new deal ASAP.

Earlier this week, the Daily Mail claimed:

* Henderson [Cost: £20m] has rejected a five-year deal worth £80,000 per week.

* He wants £100k-a-week before committing his long-term future.

In a recent interview, Henderson claimed that there's no issue about signing a new deal. He told reporters:

"I love playing football for Liverpool and I want to be there for many years. In terms of my contract, I think everybody else will make a big deal of it but for me it's just letting my agent and the club deal with it and whenever it gets sorted, it gets sorted"

Responding to the contract impasse, a clearly irritated Redknapp argued that Henderson should 'thank his lucky stars' that he's at a club like Liverpool, and suggested that he's not worth such a massive salary. He told Talksport:

"Henderson [has] done well but he has still got a long way to go to be one of the all-time Liverpool greats. He is nowhere near that at the moment"

Redknapp is spot on. Henderson is not some irreplaceable superstar - he is achieving the level of performance expected of a first-choice midfielder at a top-class club.

Henderson's current level of performance is what Rodgers/fans should expect of him all the time; he doesn't deserve extra credit - or a massive pay-rise - for basically doing what he should be doing.

Additionally, as Redknapp states, Henderson is 'nowhere near' being an all-time great for Liverpool, yet like Sterling, he's demanding obscene wages to stay at the club (even if he's doing so in a less visible manner).

That said, there's a clear difference between the Henderson and Sterling contract situations:

* After months of being sickeningly deified by Rodgers, pundits, and the fanbase, Sterling's ego is out of control. He's drunk on his own hype, driven by opportunist greed, and recently disrespected the club by conducting an unprofessional, unauthorised interview, which was arguably motivated by blatant self-interest.

* Henderson has allegedly requested a comparatively fair pay-rise, commensurate with ability, improvement, impact, and experience. He's not demanding a figure that's grossly underserved, or outside Liverpool's salary structure (Gerrard, Suarez, Johnson et al are/were on more), and he's handled himself in a professional manner at all times.

In my view, Henderson deserves £100K-a-week much more than Sterling deserves £150k+-a-week, and if only one of the two has to stay, then I chose Liverpool's captain-elect.

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80 comments:

  1. I'm not concerned over hendo's contract. Like you say, what he's asking is much more reasonable and probably more deserved.


    I have a feeling that Hendo's contract "issues" aren't issues at all, merely just the negotiation process. Player asks high, club offers low, both parties meet somewhere in the middle. Not really unusual.

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  2. I really hope that Liverpool and Ian Ayre have LEARNED from what has happened this year so it does not happen again .

    Gerrard ,Henderson and Sterling have said that they would have signed at the beigning of the year . Plus for a lot less .

    You can see how it is effecting Sterling's preformance's at the moment .
    Never do contract in the later stage of the season !!

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  3. On the issue of Sterling ,
    I wonder how much has to do with his agent going on his own and trying to make a name for himself ?

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  4. For him and his contribution, knowing where we stand financially- 100k per week is more than fair.

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  5. With you there, snippets you hear from him is that he will sign, after all he is club captain elect. Sterling a different story, if we let it roll on another year, do we risk him running down his contract. Personally if he does not commit to new long term contract at start of summer I'd be inclined to sell and gain a massive fee for him. Most fans would be happy if he stays and knuckles down and if not we get massive fee, either way the ball is in his court. I do not believe he is a player that we will bow to.

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  6. Agents get a good cut out of big transfers, just ask Anelka's, (his brother I recall) pedaled him around for a good few transfers. Also Ibrahimovic has done the rounds, although he is class and has won league wherever he has been, repaying clubs who have signed him.

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  7. Nevergonnacrackthecode4:35 pm, April 10, 2015

    ONE BIG QUESTION?


    ARE WE BEING LEFT BEHIND IN WAGES?


    The wages we are offering between 20k-150k
    is simmilar to what we payed under Hicks and Gillet


    Man united,chelsea,Arsenal , Man city ahve all extended their wage bill


    BUT WE ARE ALWAYS CUTTING


    there is a massive risk Liverpool could lose out on top 4 forever

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  8. Nevergonnacrackthecode4:36 pm, April 10, 2015

    Liverpool need to pay wages that represent t current market value


    Luke Shaw at 120k a week and Rooney at 300k


    is a landmark moment for all clubs and with the new tv deal


    a 70k a week player should be paid 150k

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  9. Management legend? What the holy food?

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  10. I would imagine lots. It has been more than intimated lots of times by different journos and Rodgers.

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  11. Nevergonnacrackthecode4:39 pm, April 10, 2015

    If FSG took over from the 90s
    They would be paying our best player 20k a week at most even in 2015


    BECAUSE TEHY DO NOT WNAT TO ADAPT TO TEH TIMES


    FSG OUT!

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  12. And Mr. Redknapp, you don't have to be among Liverpool greats to get 100k.

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  13. I agree , it seems this is more about the agent than Sterling ?

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  14. A player gets PAID by the club ,so why is he loyal to his agent ?

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  15. How many clubs can afford that type of money ?

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  16. Always nice and helpful to get advice from a management legend like 'Arry on anything to do with money

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  17. He has referred to him as a mentor i think. In a career where managers change at the club your at, players change, even owners there is a lack of continuity. Especially when you move clubs that even at his young age he has done. The fans turn on you quickly and so there is little to count on. The agent has been with him a while and could be with him longer still. He also has his ear far more than most.

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  18. Your a dog Stu, perhaps you could do Arry's books.

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  19. What does someone like Milner earn at Man city? I'm sure it's a lot more than £80k pw

    They are similar in terms of their attitude, work rate etc and both can play in a number of positions. If anything Henderson for me is a much better player and is much younger

    Henderson gives us energy that we severely lack otherwise - I believe we would have won the league last year had he not been banned for the last few games

    Therefore if we want to compete to win titles, we will have to compete with the likes of Man C, Chelsea and Man U on and off the field - that includes paying the players what they are worth (what they can earn else where)

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  20. Possibly cos the club wants to pay as little as they can get away with and have a good deal of control and influence over a players life

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  21. Venables another brown paper bag one...

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  22. I would recommend they be lightly sauteed

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  23. Took me a couple of minutes that one.

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  24. Like code I did cookery at school instead of Geography

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  25. Re Sterlings situation - if as reported he has been offered £100k & he allegedly wants £150k - the extra £50k per week = 2.5m per year or £12.5m over 5 years

    If he decides to leave this summer we should only sell for a silly offer (in excess of £50m)...

    However, if he doesn't agree to a new contract & runs his existing one down - a year later, I doubt if we would get even £25m because other clubs would know they can grab him for free / or fee decided by tribunal

    In my opinion, it makes sense to agree to pay him £12.5m extra over the next 5 years and tie him down. 1. He's good enough 2. Very experienced for such a young player (has experience playing in Europe and internationals 3. No way near his prime (at least 4-8 years away) 4. He is English (Jamaican/African part of Liverpool).....sorry code....couldn't help it....5. He will retain his transfer value so even if we need to sell in a couple of years we could be tens of millions better off

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  26. With Sturridge on 150p/w I'm sure FSG can give Henderson 100p/w

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  27. Does anyone know if footy players get paid pro rata?

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  28. Wait... your telling me Johnson isn't and LFC legend?!


    What next... your gonna say Jamaica isn't in Africa?

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  29. cause the agent gets him the dosh and the deals...me being cynical I know, but that's the cold hard truth. He probably gets on with him but the ££'s help...he's young a few more years with us until mid twenties and if he is as good as he thinks he is will still get a big move if we are not successful. I think he's a good player with great potential but just needs to sort his head.

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  30. Jamaica cake or the jerk chicken

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  31. Give it to him... He is integral to our team, and is worth as much as Sturridge and Sterling all day long....Why pay Sturridge 150kp/w knowing he'll be lucky to play half of the season, and low ball a guy who plays every game giving 100%... get it sorted.

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  32. Studge might be on a pay as you play soon!! Wonder if those deals actually exist.... and will Mario ever wear the red again...

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  33. He played well for England... Is he saving his poor form for us? or is the England team playing a game more suited to his skill set?

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  34. I know he's played better lately but can't help and think he would be playing at another level if everything was rosy.

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  35. He needs to get signed up with Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes if thats what he wants and needs in an agent... He's known as the super agent for a reaon...

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  36. If Sturridge is paid by the hour he'll be visiting the local food bank

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  37. As long as you are not suggesting we bring back Hodgson...I think its a release for him sat the moment when he plays for England. Mind you I fancy him to net against the toon on Monday night...nice game to get the last two league fixtures out of our mind.

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  38. Because his agent tells him he can earn even more by taking his advice

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  39. haha I know that feeling too

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  40. Hahaha.... You have me permission to call me every name under the sun if that ever comes from my finger tips.... Your probably right though, able to talk a breather... Hope he gets back to scoring again soon, maybe remember that loving feeling...when we all sign his name...

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  41. About had enough of your doom and gloom...

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  42. Unfortunately Utd earned 40% more than LFC at the moment, so that is a reasonable wage level for them.... LFC are slowly getting there though, and with the extra money coming with the extra seats at Anfield, we will be able to increase our level too...That and the extra tv cash. I think we just need to be patient..

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  43. Somebody has just signed one at Arsenal, can't remember who though... It may have been an ex Arsenal player at another club, but it does still happen anyway..

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  44. Yeah well documented that we stood still towards the end of our successful league era...should have built bigger and better then when we were still a dominant force, Utd stole a march on us. At least we are improving revenue streams now and still have one of the largest worldwide fan base.

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  45. Switch your E and H keys. Then maybe you'll be able to spell 'The' correctly.

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  46. Under G&H and Rafa...most people felt we had a bloated squad and payroll...too many players on big money...FSG wanted to reduce the wage bill and incentivise contracts

    Whilst I agree we should pay players what they're worth (market value determined by what they could earn elsewhere)...we should not jeopardise the club in doing so -ie live within our means. I think FSG strategy is quite right in this regard

    The best 2-3 players in the world (superstars) will always earn silly money - the likes of Messi & Ronaldo because they are also marketable

    As a general rule a striker that is expected to score 25-30 league goals can expect to earn £250k-300k pw....The likes of Falcao, Ibrahimovic etc

    20-25 league goals -around 200k pw

    15-20 league goals - around £100k - 120k because there are more players in that range

    So someone like Sturridge is earning pretty much his market value (around £150k pw) and expected to get 20+ goals

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  47. Unfortunathly teat is only onh word sorthd

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  48. Yeah players personal sponsorship deals also add a nice tidy sum...Lovren improved from a poundland player to an Aldi one last game...not saying I don't go these stores mind....sorry am guessing his sponsor

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  49. Abou Diaby?

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  50. Could weel be... Is he still at Arsenal? I'm pretty sure that's him, now I see the name...

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  51. If you look at his client list (Mendes) you can see why certain teams sign certain players.

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  52. I think there are some things the insurers won't cover. Strain and muscle injuries for instance.

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  53. But didn't you miss him ;p

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  54. I'm glad you recognised the difference, Hendo is not some merc. He is the captain-elect and has probably stalled the pay talks until that decision has been made. He's not going anywhere. I've read elsewhere previously that Stevie was on 140k per week and was head-and-shoulders the highest paid player at Liverpool. Hendo isn't worth that, but if he is to be captain, he is due a pay rise the same as anyone in any profession who wishes to climb the ladder.

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  55. Over £1bn in negotiated transfers... 4 mobile phones and fluent in English, Spanidh, French and Italian... The bloke is a walking phenomenom...

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  56. I areeg weth u derr

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  57. 40 something injuries- so far

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  58. Thing is, he'll want more after 2 years.

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  59. Did not see that England game ?
    Maybe he has an agenda?

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  60. Also the walking personification of mercenary football.

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  61. Spur's 3 recent English international's combined wages is less than 100p/w .

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  62. That would depend on how successful we are as a club and his development as a player...there would be. 3 years left on his contact and we could demand a hefty fee

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  63. I'd be asking for some cash back if I was Arsenal...

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  64. Yep!, but you can't argue with his work...A players dream...

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  65. In a years time I'm pretty sure Kane would be demanding a contract that reflects his value to the team...otherwise he will follow the likes of Bale & Modric

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  66. Recent internationals is usually the point when the evil greedy agents (read parasites) start telling the club they need to acknowledge the status of their star player and offer a better contract to ward off the many suitors

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  67. He could be dyslexic?

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  68. Is that your professional opinion?

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  69. I'd say no.


    If you really ''like playing football for Liverpool'' just as Sterling does, shut your mouth and play. Don't even get me started on the ''I'm letting my manager handle this''. Pretending to act like an innocent child and claim this has nothing to do with yourself is beyond pathetic.


    Marco Reus. True example of someone saying he likes playing football for his club. Being on 65 000 a week, and just having turned down 280 000, is what a loyal player is. And that's AFTER his club has had a horrible season.


    There are many more examples of these players. Henderson and Sterling, from what I'm seeing, shouldn't even think about putting themselves in that same group.


    Giving him a pay raise will only urge Sterling to leave even more, and that's not what we need. Why?


    Because worst case scenario is, we sign someone who proves to be a complete flop and we are missing someone to cover that position, and the only players similar to Sterling on our subs are Ibe and Markovic.


    And the worst case scenario has a high chance of happening, because guess which club is known to make horrible signings?

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  70. I'm just speculating, I've noticed the mispelling too. It takes more rigorous testing though something that can be arranged by an educational institution, school, college or university. I'm no expert but I could point some in the right direction though.

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  71. Considering some of the ridiculous contracts Redknapp sanctioned whilst at QPR, it's nice to see that he has now embraced financial prudency!!
    Anything to keep in the press aye Harry _ sure a vacancy will be appearing soon enough.

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  72. Kane signed a new deal at Spurs a month ago.

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  73. Yeah, thats why they are improving Anfield. Something that should of been done 20 years ago. Because "tehy do not wnat to adapt to teh times" . GFS out!!

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  74. i think Johnson sits somewhere between Souness and Rush in the list of Liverpool greats.
    Margaret Souness and Annie Rush from the Wirral - lovely ladies.

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  75. For how much ? and what do the other 2 earn ?

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  76. Fair enough. I'll not joke about his misspellings anymore. His views, on the other hand...

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  77. Nice one mate! His views can be left field I agree.

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  78. No, no. My views are left field. His views are offside.

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