Liverpool set to offload Henderson to fund Wanyama deal

In one of the more surprising moves of the summer Liverpool could be set to offload Jordan Henderson.

Brendan Rodgers has been very busy in the transfer market this summer with Kolo Toure, Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto all agreeing moves to Anfield. The Liverpool manager does not appear to be finished there and is believed to be closing in on deals for Simon Mignolet and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

That means that there will be some balancing of the books required. Andy Carroll was the first start to be shown the door with the striker agreeing a move to West Ham and now reports are suggesting that England Under-21 captain Henderson could be next.

The former Sunderland star arrived to much fanfare in the summer of 2011 with the midfielder being lined up as the long term replacement for Steven Gerrard.

The hefty £20 million pound price tag appeared to weight heavy on the then 21 year olds shoulders and he struggled to make an impact in his first season, although he did manage to pick up a Carling Cup Winners medal.

The arrival of Rodgers last summer appeared to signal the end for Henderson with the former Swansea man offering the young midfielder as a makeshift in the failed Clint Dempsey deal. The players desire to succeed at Anfield saw him turn down the move and in turn win over an element of the of the Liverpool faithful.

Despite initially struggling to win a place in the Liverpool midfielder Henderson dug in and his patience was rewarded particularly during the second half of the season when he became a regular name on the first team sheet.

In all the 23-year-old managed 30 premier league appearances, scoring 5 goals and earning 4 assists.

Despite his upturn in form it would appear that Rodgers remains unconvinced with the Liverpool Echo rumour mill reporting that the player could be offloaded to fund a move for Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama.

Wanyama is very much in demand this summer and would cost in the region of £10 million pounds.

Cardiff and Southampton are believed to have already made moves while Arsenal and Manchester United remain keen.

Wanyama would provide defensive midfield cover to Lucas and with the arrival of Alberto, the form of Coutinho and the flexibility of Aspas on the books the need for another attacking midfielder has been negated somewhat and that could spell the end for Henderson.

It’s unlikely that Liverpool will recoup anything close to the £20 million paid out leaving the club’s hierarchy to rue another inflated transfer fee for an English player amount to a loss.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.