In a week where Brendan Rodgers has had to deal with the possibility of Raheem Sterling leaving, they could now be set to lose Jordan Henderson too.
Henderson’s current Liverpool contract is set to expire in 2016 and the England international has reportedly turned down an £80,000-a-week offer from the Reds.
Liverpool will need to renegotiate and offer the influential midfielder what he wants to fend off interest from the Premier League leaders.
Champions League football could play a major role in Henderson’s decision if an offer from Chelsea is made, as this weekend’s loss to Arsenal has left Liverpool with a mountain to climb if they are to finish in the top four with just seven games left.
Brendan Rodgers is aware the club needs to be in the Champions League to attract the big names to sign for the club, but a place in Europe’s elite competition also helps to retain star names.
Speaking as a ‘realist’ after the loss to Arsenal at the weekend, Rodgers said he feels Liverpool’s chances are now gone.
With Juventus reportedly set to make a summer swoop for Chelsea star Oscar, the Liverpool vice-captain could be an ideal replacement.
Henderson has scored seven league goals this season and has racked up six assists in 30 appearances. By comparison, Oscar has the exact same output in five less games, though he has played in a more advanced position.
If Oscar is to depart Chelsea, a move for Henderson could seem more likely, especially with Chelsea looking for English options to fill their homegrown squad quota.
Henderson is expected to replace Steven Gerrard as the Liverpool captain and leader from next season and so a transfer to Chelsea would not go down well with the Reds supporters.
Will Chelsea make a move for Jordan Henderson? Would a move away from Liverpool make sense?