In a significant transfer development, Liverpool Football Club has officially confirmed the departure of their long-serving captain, Jordan Henderson, who has completed a move to Al Ettifaq in Saudi Arabia.
The rumors surrounding the exit had been circulating for weeks, and the midfielder himself confirmed the news on social media, making it official on Wednesday. However, Liverpool’s official announcement came after midday on Thursday, marking the end of Henderson’s remarkable 12-year tenure at Anfield.
During his time as captain, he led Liverpool to some of their most historic triumphs, including the club’s sixth Champions League title and their first Premier League crown in 30 years. His contributions to the team were immense, as he lifted eight trophies during his remarkable Reds career.
“Liverpool Football Club can confirm Jordan Henderson has completed a transfer to Al Ettifaq,” read the club’s statement. “As his Anfield chapter now comes to a close with a move to Al Ettifaq in Saudi Arabia, everybody at Liverpool Football Club wishes to place on record their thanks and gratitude for everything Jordan Henderson did for the club during his 12 years as a Red.”
His legacy at Liverpool is undeniable, having made 492 appearances for the club and scoring 33 goals. He joins an illustrious list, with only Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard having more Premier League outings for Liverpool.
Throughout his tenure, Henderson played a pivotal role in helping Liverpool secure every top-tier trophy available to them, including the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, two League Cups, the UEFA Super Cup, the FIFA Club World Cup, and the Community Shield.
The departure of their esteemed captain comes as Liverpool reportedly secured a £12m fee for his transfer to Al Ettifaq, where he is set to earn a substantial salary of up to £700,000 a week.
Henderson’s move also marks a reunion with former Liverpool captain and current Al Ettifaq manager, Steven Gerrard. Additionally, he will join forces with fellow striker Moussa Dembele, formerly of Fulham, Celtic, Lyon, and Atletico Madrid, as they embark on a new chapter in the Saudi Pro League.
Liverpool fans around the world bid farewell to their beloved captain with immense gratitude and admiration for his immense contributions to the club’s rich history. As Jordan Henderson begins his new journey in Saudi Arabia, Liverpool’s legacy remains forever intertwined with his unforgettable time as their captain and leader.