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Liverpool new boy Henderson ready to rock

Jordan Henderson has spoken of his excitement at signing for Liverpool after the midfielder's move from Sunderland was confirmed last night.

Henderson has put pen to paper on what the Merseyside club have described as a "long-term deal" having visited the Reds' Melwood training complex, undergone a medical and agreed personal terms on Wednesday.

Liverpool have paid an undisclosed fee for the highly-rated 20-year-old, with reports suggesting it could be up to £20million.

Henderson said: "I'm over the moon, overjoyed to be here and I'm really looking forward to it.

"I was flattered to know Liverpool were interested in me and, once I knew, it was a massive decision for me to make but also a massive opportunity.

"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.

"My family are all Sunderland fans as well, and it's pretty tough because I've had some great years there. I'm looking forward to playing for Liverpool now."

Henderson cannot wait to link up with Steven Gerrard.

"He is one of the best players in the world, you want to be playing with him and training with him to try to improve yourself as a player," Henderson said.

"I've trained with him once (for England) and he was unbelievable, to be honest. I'm looking forward to it, and there are other good players here who can help me as well."

It had been thought Liverpool striker David Ngog might travel in the opposite direction as part of the transfer.

He remains at Anfield for now, but Reds director of football Damien Comolli said: "Sunderland have had a strong interest in David, so we've agreed to let David speak to Sunderland about his future to see if he's interested in going there."

Belfast Telegraph