Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has completed a £13 million transfer to Al-Ettifaq, reuniting with Reds legend Steven Gerrard in the process.
Liverpool confirmed the departure of Henderson on Thursday July 27, bringing to an end his 12-year stay at Anfield.
The 33-year-old has reportedly signed a £700,000-per-week contract with Al-Ettifaq and will play in Saudi Arabia under the tutelage of his former Liverpool teammate Gerrard, who was named the club’s new manager earlier this month.
This summer, the Saudi Pro League has attracted a slew of top players, like Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kane, and Edouard Mendy, who have turned their backs on the European game.
Henderson is the latest to accept a lucrative switch to the Middle East, and Gerrard will hope that his presence can help Al-Ettifaq improve on their seventh-place finish in the league last season.
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Henderson initially joined Liverpool from Sunderland in 2011, and went on to make 492 appearances for the Reds, scoring 33 goals.
However, He became club captain after Gerrard’s departure in 2015 and helped Liverpool win six trophies under Jurgen Klopp, including the Premier League and Champions League.