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Jordan Henderson joins Al-Ettifaq after leaving Liverpool

Jordan Henderson has joined Saudi Pro League club Al-Ettifaq from Liverpool for £12 million after 12 years with the Merseyside club.

The midfielder joined the Liverpool squad at their pre-season training camp in Germany but was left out of the team to play the friendly against Karlsruher last week to allow him to complete his move.

The England international helped the Merseyside club win eight trophies following his move from Sunderland in 2011. He has signed a three-year deal in Saudi.

The 33-year-old joins former teammate Steven Gerrard who manages Al-Ettifaq. The pair played together at Liverpool for three years. 

Henderson spoke to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to gain clarity about how much he would play this season. Following those talks, he decided to head to the Middle East.

Liverpool have signed Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton & Hove Albion and RB Leipzig’s Dominik Szoboszlai this summer, which forced Henderson down the pecking order.

They are still in the market for more midfielders, with Southampton’s Romeo Lavia in line to replace Fabinho who is also moving to the Saudi Pro League.

Thiago Alcantara is another midfielder who could leave Liverpool for the Gulf nation.

Henderson reportedly wants to continue to play for the England national team even after moving to the Middle East and spoke to manager Gareth Southgate about it.

Southgate did not offer him any assurances but did not dismiss his chances of featuring in the squad for the 2024 European Championship.

However, it seems unlikely he will feature given the current standard of the Saudi Pro League.

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