Henderson bids farewell to Liverpool fans ahead of looming Saudi move

AFP , Wednesday 26 Jul 2023

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson said his goodbyes to the club's fans on Wednesday ahead of an impending move to Saudi Arabian club Al-Ettifaq.

FILE - Liverpool's Jordan Henderson plays the ball during the team s English Premier League soccer match against Brighton in Brighton, England, Jan. 14, 2023. Henderson was a notable absentee as Liverpool beat Karlsruher 4-2 in a preseason friendly Wednesday, July 19, as the England midfielder closes in on a move to Saudi Arabian team Al-Ettifaq. Photo: AP


The 33-year-old is set to bring to an end a 12-year spell at Anfield, in which he won every major club honour, when he joins up with former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard, now the manager of the Saudi Pro League side.

"It's hard to put these last 12 years into words and it's even harder to say goodbye," said England international Henderson in an Instagram post. "I will always be a Red. Until the day I die.

"Thank you for everything. You'll never walk alone."

Henderson added in a video accompanying his post: "I'm in the (Liverpool) dressing room for the last time so, as you can imagine, it is very emotional.

"I need to somehow explain what these last 12 years have meant for me and my family.

"Being made the captain of Liverpool Football Club was one the greatest honours of my life.

"From the day the armband was passed to me I did everything I could to behave like a Liverpool captain should.

"Thank you for allowing me to be part of your club, thank you for your support in good times and bad."

Henderson led the Reds to their first English league title for 30 years in 2020, a year after lifting the Champions League.

However, the England midfielder has been tempted to join Gerrard after reportedly being offered a deal worth up to £700,000-a-week ($915,000)

Liverpool are set to receive a fee of £12 million ($15.5 million).

Gerrard was appointed manager of Al Ettifaq earlier this month.

Henderson joined Liverpool from Sunderland in 2011 and succeeded Gerrard as skipper at Anfield in 2015.

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