Liverpool have completed the signing of Sunderland midfielder Jordan Henderson.
The 20 year-old one-cap international passed a medical and agreed contractual terms with the club yesterday.
Though the exact terms are not known, the deal, thought to be for a fee around £20 million, has been quoted as “long term.”
Speaking to the club website, Henderson seemed understandably ecstatic.
"I'm over the moon, overjoyed to be here and I'm really looking forward to it," he said.
"Obviously it's hard to leave your local club. I'm a Sunderland lad, I've supported them all my life.”
"I'm really looking forward to the future now, though, and obviously this is a massive opportunity for me. I'm really excited by it."
Henderson’s addition will add fuel to what is an extremely competitive area of Kenny Dalglish’s squad as the former Black Cat joins fellow internationals Steven Gerrard, Lucas Leiva, Raul Meireles and Christian Poulsen.
Such a prospect did not seem to be fazing Henderson though, as he continued to express more happiness.
"Coming to a massive club like Liverpool, there is always going to be competition," he went on. "Hopefully I can keep working hard, keep improving, and get my chance on the pitch.
"(Gerrard) is one of the best players in the world, you want to be playing with him and training with him to try and improve yourself as a player. Hopefully I can learn a lot from him."
Damien Comolli was also on hand to give his comments, and seemed similarly pleased.
"I'm very pleased because he was one of the targets we had and when you get your first target it's always a good sign because you think the others will come through as well,” said Liverpool’s director of football.”
"He has got all the skills technically that we needed. He's good with the ball, he's creative, he's got good passing, he's physically very good.”
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