By Tariq Saleh
Jordan Henderson has completed his move to Liverpool and becomes the reds’ first summer signing.
Liverpool have been chasing Henderson for several weeks and have finally captured the man that manager Kenny Dalglish identified as his number one transfer target.
Liverpool have not revealed the fee but Director of Football Damien Comolli said that the fee was not the £20 million that has been reported in the press in recent days. Speaking of the signing he said: ”He has got all the skills technically that we needed,” he added. “He’s good with the ball, he’s creative, he’s got good passing, he’s physically very good.
“That’s everything we wanted in a midfielder and he’s versatile as well. For manager Kenny Dalglish he will be the player we wanted.”
The length of the contract hasn’t been revealed but the club have said it is a ‘long-term deal’. Speaking to Liverpool’s official website Henderson said: ”I’m over the moon, overjoyed to be here and I’m really looking forward to it,” Henderson told the Liverpool website.
“Obviously it’s hard to leave your local club. I’m a Sunderland lad, I’ve supported them all my life.
“But I’m really looking forward to the future now and obviously this is a massive opportunity for me. I’m really excited by it.”
Asked about the prospect of lining up in the same midfield as Steven Gerrard, he said: ”(Gerrard) is one of the best players in the world, you want to be playing with him and training with him to try and improve yourself as a player. Hopefully I can learn a lot from him.”