As reported earlier today, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson will soon depart his beloved Reds to join Saudi Pro League team Al Ettifaq in Saudi Arabia. Henderson led them to many notable titles during his more than decadelong leadership at Liverpool.
Henderson has already signed his transfer agreement. He signed a lucrative contract for three years with Al Ettifaq Saudi Arabian Club and met up with Steven Gerrard, who is now the manager of this club.
Liverpool and Al Ettifaq agreed to a transfer of PS12 million for Henderson, who will join Al Ettifaq’s Saudi Pro League team. His weekly income may exceed PS700,000. Henderson’s new contract may make him the highest-paid player in that league.
Henderson’s medical in Manchester indicates that the transfer is well underway. The paperwork is still being finalized but the former Liverpool captain will be joining Al Ettifaq’s pre-season camp in Croatia as soon as it is completed. This marks a new chapter for his professional career.
Transfer of the Property
Henderson’s decision not to stay at Anfield was made with great consideration. The decision to move to Al Ettifaq was mutually agreed upon after discussions with Jurgen Klopp about Henderson’s playing time and future.
Liverpool is attempting to overhaul their midfield, and Henderson’s departure will be a blow. Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai and other notable signings have been made by the club. The club will have to fill the void that Henderson’s experience has left. They are reportedly interested in Crystal Palace’s Cheick Docoure and Southampton’s Romeo Lavia.
Henderson’s Legacy in Liverpool
Jordan Henderson had a lasting impact on Liverpool during his 12 years there. Henderson, who joined from Sunderland back in 2011, held a variety of leadership roles until he was appointed captain to succeed Steven Gerrard.
Henderson served as captain for Liverpool during 2019, leading them to three international trophies – UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup – plus winning their inaugural Premier League championship since 1989 under his direction. As such he earned himself recognition by Football Writers Association Footballer of the year awarding.
Role off the Pitch
Henderson’s off-field contributions and advocacy are as well known as his footballing achievements. He has been a long-time advocate for LGBTQI+ causes and issues, earning him the respect of both fans and other professionals. His transfer to Saudi Arabia where homosexuality was illegal raised eyebrows.
A New Challenge Ahead
Jordan Henderson will soon be moving on to a new footballing environment as his time at Liverpool comes to an end. Henderson’s move to Al Ettifaq will allow him to reunite Gerrard, and also bring a new challenge to the Saudi Pro League.
Liverpool now looks to fill the void that their departing captain has left. Liverpool’s midfield will also undergo significant changes if Fabinho leaves. Henderson, who will be hoping to make an impact at Al Ettifaq under Gerrard’s management as the club navigates these transitions and changes, is looking forward.