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Why Jordan Henderson is 'perfect' for Liverpool, explains Klopp

Manager Jurgen Klopp believes Jordan Henderson is the embodiment of a Liverpool player after his captain committed himself to the club for the peak years of his career.

The Reds boss praised his "General" and is convinced the 28-year-old can still get even better over the course of what, Belfast Telegraph Sport understands, is a five-year contract.

"It is fantastic news but it should not be a surprise to anyone - he is perfect for us and we for him, I think," Klopp said.

"Jordan embodies entirely what it means to be a Liverpool player in this modern era.

"You can tell through his actions on and off the pitch he treats representing our badge and our shirt as a privilege.

"He takes nothing for granted and strives to learn and be better for his team at all times.

"He carries a lot on his shoulders that people on the outside won't see, but he embraces that responsibility and that leadership. He is our 'General' and I trust him completely."

Henderson moved to Anfield in the summer of 2011, assuming the role of captain from Steven Gerrard in 2015, and has made 283 appearances.

"It doesn't seem like too long ago when I signed my first one, but a lot has happened since then," Henderson said. "There is no other place in the world I would rather play. I want to be here for as long as I can be."

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