Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has backed himself to continue playing at the very highest level of English football for up to seven more years.
After a period of being negatively compared to Liverpool legend and former captain, Steven Gerrard, over the last few seasons, Henderson has emerged as an integral part of the Reds midfield under Jurgen Klopp.
While Klopp’s side consists of one of the most feared front three’s in world football, as well as having two of the most creative full-backs, the German’s midfield options have often been described as workmanlike. However, despite the physical demands he is often put under, the 30-year-old feels like he is physically at the top of his game.
“I’m just turned 30 and I still feel about 25 physically and I feel as good as I’ve ever felt,” Henderson told the official Liverpool website.
“I’m at a good point in my career in terms of my experience and physically there’s not even a question about anything like that at the moment.
“I want to try to play as long as possible. I still love the game and I want to play for England and Liverpool as long as I can.”
While turning 30 is sometimes considered a marker for players approaching the twilight of their careers at the top end of the game, Henderson believes his preparation and conditioning work could see him playing ‘at the highest level’ for at a good number of years yet.
“I’ve always lived my life the right way in terms of doing everything right, eat the right things, sleep right and live my life the best way,” he added.
“So even in the next six or seven years I should hopefully be able to perform at the highest level.
“At the minute I feel physically very good and feel I am at a good part of my career in terms of the balance of experience I’ve had in the last 10 years but also I feel very strong.”
Henderson became the first Liverpool captain since Graeme Souness to lift the league title back in July, the Merseyside outfit following up the previous year’s Champions League triumph and Club World Cup success.
However, the skipper was forced to miss the closing stages of the campaign due to a knee injury, though he feels back to his best after recovering in time for the 2020/21 campaign.
“I was a bit unfortunate to pick up the knock I did at the end of last season with a bit of a bizarre challenge, which I picked up my knee injury, but I rehabbed well and feel really good now.”