Liverpool Football Club has confirmed that Jordan Henderson will be leaving the club to join Al-Ettifaq FC in the Saudi Pro League. Henderson has been an integral part of Liverpool’s success over the past 12 years, during which he lifted eight trophies, all but one of which as club captain. His move to Al-Ettifaq FC brings an end to his long and illustrious career at Anfield.
The transfer fee for Henderson is reported to be £12m+add-ons, and he will sign a three-year contract with the Saudi side, earning a weekly salary of £700,000, which is almost four times his current salary. Henderson will also be coached by Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard at Al-Ettifaq FC.
Henderson joined Liverpool from Sunderland in 2011 and quickly established himself as a key member of the team. He was pivotal in Liverpool’s electrifying title charge in the 2013-14 season and earned himself a place in England’s World Cup finals squad. Henderson was appointed Liverpool’s vice-captain and succeeded Steven Gerrard as the club’s captain in 2015.
Under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp, Henderson was fundamental to Liverpool’s resurgence and success in recent years. The team returned to the Champions League in 2016-17 and reached the final in the subsequent season, although they lost to Real Madrid. Liverpool responded with a 97-point season in the Premier League, missing out on the title by a solitary point, but claiming a sixth European Cup by beating Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid.
Jordan Henderson expressed his emotions in a heartfelt message to Liverpool fans, saying it was hard to put the last 12 years into words and even harder to say goodbye. He promised that he will always be a Red until the day he dies and thanked the supporters for everything they have done for him. His legacy at Liverpool will be remembered for years to come, and he will be missed by the club and its fans.