The rapidly emerging departure of Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has become unstable. Thought to be only a rumor, the interest from Steven Gerrard’s Al Ettifaq has not diminished and continues to tempt the England midfielder with a weekly salary of £700,000, which is said to be four times his current salary.
Although Ben Jacobs recently denied the captain’s departure on his social media, the situation has taken a turn for the worse. Henderson has his mind set on a move to Saudi Arabia and is awaiting talks with Klopp in the near future, according to The Athletic.
The 33-year-old midfielder, who remains under contract until 2025, has grown into an icon at Anfield and has lifted numerous titles. An absolute leader, he has embodied professionalism on and off the pitch and has continued to lead the players around him.
With the departure of longtime vice-captain James Milner this summer, the former Sunderland midfielder’s high level of leadership is essential, and he is certainly one player that manager Jurgen Klopp does not want to let go.
Liverpool have yet to receive a formal offer and would need to agree a transfer fee with Al Ettifaq if Henderson decides to leave.
In the deal for former Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly, who left Chelsea for Saudi Arabia this summer, Chelsea paid £23m, and considering his age and success, it is possible that he will demand a similar transfer fee.
Will the veteran midfielder, who has been wowing supporters at Anfield since 2011, end up at Liverpool?