Jordan Henderson Transfer: From Liverpool to Al Ettifaq
The End of an Era at Liverpool
Jordan Henderson, the esteemed Liverpool captain, has embarked on a new footballing chapter. The midfielder will depart the Reds’ training camp in Germany, following an agreement between Liverpool and Al Ettifaq. Both clubs have settled on a £12million sum, in addition to performance-related add-ons.
BREAKING! Al Ettifaq have agreed a £12m deal to sign Jordan Henderson from Liverpool 🇸🇦 pic.twitter.com/1VXsgA7co9
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 19, 2023
A journey that began in the summer of 2021 with a four-year commitment to Liverpool, has witnessed a surprising turn. With two years still remaining on that contract, Henderson is set to embrace a new challenge. The buzz is that he has finalised a three-year contract with the Saudi Arabian team, Al Ettifaq, with earnings amounting to approximately £700,000 per week.
Yet, the transfer wasn’t straightforward. Whilst the player’s personal agreement was in place, both clubs had to find common ground to cement the deal.
Old Teammates, New Beginnings
Al Ettifaq’s recent appointment of Steven Gerrard, Henderson’s former Liverpool teammate, was undoubtedly influential in this unexpected shift. It’s understood that Gerrard played a pivotal role in spearheading the acquisition.
While his prowess on the field is widely recognised, Henderson’s leadership extends beyond the football pitch. A staunch supporter of the LGBTQI+ community and fans, his voice resonates with many. Considering Saudi Arabia’s stance on homosexuality, the Kop Outs supporters’ group from Liverpool expressed significant concerns regarding this proposed transfer.
Reflecting on Henderson’s Liverpool Journey
Coming to Liverpool in 2011, Henderson had big boots to fill when he was handed the captain’s armband after Gerrard’s exit in 2015. And he did, with distinction. Over the years, he’s clocked an impressive 492 appearances in all tournaments. His commitment remained evident last season as well, playing 43 times and starting in 23 of those matches in the Premier League. Under Jurgen Klopp’s guidance, the side concluded the season in fifth place.
This news marks a significant shift not just for Henderson, but for Liverpool as a whole. Only time will tell how this move will shape the player’s career and legacy.