Jordan Henderson to be handed new long-term contract at Liverpool

England midfielder has been promoted to vice-captain this season

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Liverpool are set to reward vice-captain Jordan Henderson with a new long-term contract.

The England midfielder, 24, has progressed to become one of the club's key performers and is the latest to enter negotiations with the Merseyside club after Daniel Sturridge agreed a new five-year, £150,000-a-week contract last week.

Henderson's improvement has been so marked that Brendan Rodgers decided to hand the influential midfielder the vice-captaincy at the start of this season. Like Sturridge, Henderson is likely to be given a five-year contract that will keep the former Sunderland man at Anfield until at least 2019.

Raheem Sterling, despite reported interest from Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, and Philippe Coutinho are also likely to enter into contract talks in the next couple of weeks.

Henderson is in the final two years of the £40,000-a-week contract he signed when he arrived on Merseyside from Sunderland for £20m in 2011.