Jordan Henderson, former Liverpool captain and currently leading Al-Ettifaq along with former midfield maestro Steven Gerrard has exploded in an interview, where he was heard saying about the attitude in the dressing room of the Merseyside club being pessimistic towards him.
Jordan Henderson says he did not feel “wanted by anyone”
Jordan Henderson has been one of the top-notch performers for the Reds over the years. His exploits in the field, which ranged from exquisite passes in the midfield to scoring wonder volleys has been the talk of Anfield since decades. Hendo, as he was fondly called by his teammates, was also an exceptional leader at the club his mates were impressed with his leadership skills. He was lucky enough to share the dressing room with several midfield maestros like his current boss Steven Gerrard, and has been the epitome of leadership at the Merseyside club, flaunting the captain’s armband with a privilege for years.
His move to Saudi Arab was greeted with a raise in eyebrows, with people dogging him to be chasing behind money, but in an interview held recently, he has expressed his emotions and desire about his move to Saudi. He was heard saying about the discomfort in the dressing room, where he felt being “unwanted” in the club. He spoke, “If one of those people [at Liverpool] said to me, ‘Now we want you to stay’, then we wouldn’t be having this conversation. Now, that’s not to say that they forced me out of the club or they were saying they wanted me to leave but at no point did I feel wanted by the club or anyone to stay.”
He had fairly lesser share of game time with the Reds under Klopp last season, when his spot in the team came under scrutiny. Everyone would have thought he could have got the chance to represent more this season, but with the inclusion of Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai to the squad has diminished his opportunities.
Hendo says “money not the motivation”
Henderson has joined an exclusive list of stars who have lit up Europe over last few years. Joining with Karim Benzema and Neymar, who are plying their trade in Al-Ittihad and Al-Hilal, respectively, Henderson has reunited with former Liverpool mate, Steven Gerrard, who is shouldering the responsibility of managing Al-Ettifaq. People had been wondering the reason of sudden Saudi influx, as Neymar has mentioned about the Ronaldo effect, as the Portuguese stalwart has been instrumental in bringing legends to the Saudi Pro League.
Hendo has said that he has joined the Saudi club owing to the future of their great project. It was speculated that he was earning four times more than what he used to in Liverpool, but he has blatantly denied all those claims. He was heard speaking, “People can believe me or not, but in my life and my career, money has never been a motivation. Ever.”
He also spoke about LGBTQ+ issues in the interview, as he said he would always stand with them, after his move to Saudi has received widespread backlash owing to ban of LGBTQ+ activity. He said, “My intention was never, ever to hurt anyone. My intention has always been to help causes and communities. I do care about different causes that I’ve been involved in, and different communities… I do care. And for people to criticize and say that I’d turned my back on them really, really hurt me. All I can say is that I apologize, I’m sorry that I’ve made them feel that way. But I haven’t changed as a person.”