In a video message to Liverpool supporters that was shared on social media on Wednesday, midfielder Jordan Henderson said that he would be leaving the club after 12 years to pursue a rumoured transfer to Al-Ettifaq in Saudi Arabia.
Henderson thanked Liverpool fans for their support.
According to sources, the former captain of Liverpool will be playing in the Saudi Pro League after Al-Ettifaq paid a transfer fee that was reported to be worth 16.77 million dollars (13 million pounds).
The man, who is 33 years old, stated on his Instagram account, “It’s difficult to put these past 12 years into words, and it’s even more difficult to say goodbye.”
“I am really grateful to you for everything. You won’t ever have to do it alone.”
Since his move to Liverpool from Sunderland in 2011, Henderson has made a total of 492 appearances for the squad across all competitions, during which he has contributed 33 goals and 61 assists.
The England international was instrumental in Juergen Klopp’s team winning the Premier League in 2020, giving them their first championship in 30 years. Additionally, he led Liverpool to victory as captain in the FA Cup, the League Cup, the UEFA Super Cup, and the Club World Cup.
Steven Gerrard, a former teammate of Henderson’s at Liverpool, was hired earlier this month by Al-Ettifaq on a three-year deal as a coach. Henderson will be able to catch up with Gerrard at Al-Ettifaq.