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Jordan Henderson: Liverpool star confirms departure from English club ahead of a likely Saudi move

One more English Premier League star is set for a lucrative move to Saudi as former Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has confirmed his departure from the side. He is likely to join Saudi Pro League side Al-Ettifaq, which will see him link-up with one of Liverpool’s greats, Steven Gerrard, who has recently been appointed as the manager of the team.

Henderson, latest entrant in the Saudi trip

Saudi Arab has managed to lure one more star in to their splurging Saudi Pro League after they have contacted former Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson to join their club Al-Ettifaq, to don their colors from the next season. Starting with football stalwart Cristiano Ronaldo, who is lighting up the Gulf country with his magic, several other heavyweights have joined him over the last few weeks, which include Ronaldo’s former teammate Karim Benzema, French star N’Golo Kante, Brozovic among many others, sporting various jerseys like Al-Ittihad, Al-Hilal.

Former Champions League and Premier League winner with Liverpool and one of the legendary captains of the Merseyside club, Jordan Henderson joins the enterprising list of players plying their trade in Saudi. He is speculated to join Al-Ettifaq for a fee of 15.5 million dollars, after Liverpool reportedly agreed the deal between the two parties.

“Always be a Red”

Henderson posted a emotional farewell video taking to social media, as he said, “Being made the captain of Liverpool Football Club was one of the greatest honors of my life. From the day the armband was passed to me, I did everything I could to behave like a Liverpool captain should. But the biggest honors at Liverpool weren’t personal ones, they were collective. All of us, all of you — together.”

Henderson has been one of the legends in Anfield, who will be remembered for captaining the side to a memorable UEFA Champions League and Premier League victory. He joined the Reds in 2011, and debuted in a 1-1 stalemate against his former club, Sunderland, where he was received with a mixed reception. He was further instrumental in ending Liverpool’s Premier League drought in 2020, which had an agonizing 30-year wait.

He further added, “Just know that I will always be a Red. Until the day I die. Thank you for everything. You’ll never walk alone. “

A complete footballer for the Reds, he has won every accolade possible for the club, including the most coveted Champions League in 2019. Joining Al-Ettifaq means he will be reunited with another great of the Reds, Steven Gerrard, who will be at helm for the Saudis, starting from next season, after some successful coaching stints in Scotland, winning the Premiership with Rangers Football Club in 2021.

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