Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has paid tribute to midfielder Jordan Henderson, following the confirmation of the player’s transfer to Saudi Arabian side Al Ettifaq. The move, thought to be worth £12m, sees Henderson reunite with former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard, who is now the manager of the Dammam-based club.
Speaking in a video posted to Liverpool’s Twitter account, Klopp appeared emotional as he praised Henderson’s contribution to the club over the past twelve years. He said, “Hi Skipper. We will miss you, you know that. You will miss us, I know that. But it’s life. It’s not forever, it’s just a goodbye. It’s wishing good luck, you wished it to us and we wish it to you. We will follow you, you will follow us.”
Klopp went on to reflect on Henderson’s status as Liverpool’s longest-serving captain during his time at the club, comparing him to previous long-serving skippers such as Sebastian Kehl and Dimo Wache. He said, “If nobody told you yet I will tell you now: you are a legend. I know people say recently we use that word slightly too often, but I can tell you that it is not in your case.”
Henderson, who made over 490 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool and captained the club to success in both the Premier League and Champions League, is set to earn an eye-watering £700,000 a week at his new club.
Klopp concluded his tribute by saying, “Thank you for everything, see you soon, and don’t forget: you’ll never walk alone.” The Liverpool manager also expressed his hope that Henderson would find time to return to the club in the future, so that the team could properly bid him farewell.