Liverpool complete Jordan Henderson signing

Liverpool have completed the signing of England Under-21 midfielder Jordan Henderson from Sunderland for around £16million.

Henderson arrived at Melwood on Wednesday to undergo a medical and put pen to paper on a five year deal at Anfield.

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The 20-year-old has now flown out to Denmark with the England U21 squad for the forthcoming European Championships. England U21’s first game is on Sunday, 12th June against Spain.

Henderson, a Sunderland born lad, has won one cap for the England senior team – against France in late 2010. He started alongside Steven Gerrard in midfield at Wembley.

On leaving his boyhood club for the Reds, Henderson said in his first interview for the club’s official television channel, “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.

“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.”

On leaving the Black Cats, a Sunderland spokesman said, “A fee has been agreed with Liverpool for Jordan Henderson and he travels to Anfield today with the club’s blessing.”

Henderson becomes Liverpool’s first signing of what looks like a busy summer of transfer activity for the Reds. Also linked with moves to Anfield are Blackpool’s Charlie Adam, Birmingham’s Scouse defender Scott Dann and Ipswich prodigy Connor Wickham.

Welcome to Liverpool, Jordan.

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