Liverpool’s iconic captain Jordan Henderson is confirmed to be leaving the club for Saudi Pro League side Al Ettifaq, as reported earlier today. The move comes after more than a decade of service for the Reds, with Henderson serving as the team’s captain and leading them to numerous prestigious titles.
Henderson already has his transfer agreement signed, signing a lucrative three-year contract with Al Ettifaq Saudi Arabian club and meeting up again with former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard who now manages it.
The Deal Structure
Liverpool and Al Ettifaq have agreed a transfer fee of PS12 Million for Henderson to join Al Ettifaq’s Saudi Pro League squad, where his weekly income could surpass PS700,000. His new contract could make him one of the highest earners within that league.
Henderson underwent his medical in Manchester, indicating that the transfer process is well underway. As the paperwork is being finalized, the former Liverpool captain is expected to join Al Ettifaq’s pre-season training camp in Croatia, indicating a new chapter in his professional football career.
Reason for the Transfer
Henderson’s decision to leave Anfield was not taken lightly. Conversations with Liverpool’s manager, Jurgen Klopp, about Henderson’s future and playing time, led to a mutual agreement that the move to Al Ettifaq would be beneficial.
Henderson’s imminent departure comes amidst Liverpool’s efforts to revamp their midfield. The club has made notable acquisitions, signing Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai. However, the void left by the experienced Henderson will need to be addressed, with the club reportedly showing interest in Southampton’s Romeo Lavia and Crystal Palace’s Cheick Doucoure.
Henderson’s Legacy at Liverpool
Jordan Henderson made an impactful impact during his 12-year time at Liverpool. Since joining from Sunderland in 2011, Henderson held various leadership roles before eventually taking the reigns as captain, succeeding Steven Gerrard.
Achievements at Liverpool
Under Henderson’s captaincy, Liverpool won three international trophies – UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup – during 2019. Henderson’s leadership during 2019-2020 was essential in leading Liverpool to win their first Premier League crown since 1989 and earned him recognition with Football Writers Association Footballer of the Year honors for this incredible campaign.
Role Off The Pitch
Beyond his footballing accomplishments, Henderson is known for his off-pitch contributions and advocacy. He has long championed LGBTQI+ issues and causes, earning the respect of fans and fellow professionals alike. But his transfer to Saudi Arabia, where homosexuality is illegal, has raised eyebrows.
A New Challenge Ahead
As Jordan Henderson’s time at Liverpool draws to a close, the midfielder will be venturing into a new footballing landscape. The move to Al Ettifaq offers Henderson the opportunity to reunite with Gerrard and brings a new challenge in the Saudi Pro League.
Liverpool will now look to fill the void left by their outgoing captain. The potential departure of Fabinho also signals significant changes in Liverpool’s midfield. As the club navigates through these transitions, Henderson will be looking forward to making an impact in his new endeavor under Gerrard’s management at Al Ettifaq.