Unhappy Henderson looking to leave Saudi Arabia

Unhappy Henderson looking to leave Saudi Arabia

Former Reds Captain Jordan Henderson is reportedly looking to leave Al Ettifaq, just six months after agreeing lucrative move to Suadi Pro League.

It may not come as much of a surprise, to learn that former Liverpool Captain, Jordan Henderson, is reportedly looking to leave Al Ettifaq - despite only joining the Saudi Arabian side in the summer transfer window.

Anyone who follows LFC - Back On Our Perch, will have read our earlier articles, about the struggles that Henderson (and Roberto Firmino) have faced since leaving Liverpool and moving to the middle east.  Low crowds, intense heat, language barriers, and a drop in footballing standards, are just some of the obstacles that the pair have had to overcome.

Of course, most of these things will have been obvious to Henderson and his advisors, when he decided to accept Al Ettifaq's offer.  However, being advised about something, and actually living it, are two very different things.  And so, with the ink on his very lucrative contract barely dry, Henderson is already looking for a way out.

As well as the aforementioned problems with the heat and poor crowds, Henderson and his family are having trouble adapting to life in Saudi Arabia.  He is also worried about his place in England's Euro 2024 squad, with the suggestion that he wants to return to the Premier League.

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Liverpool could benefit from Henderson sale...

Although Henderson only brought in a modest transfer fee in the summer, with an initial £12million deal agreed, it has now been suggested that Liverpool inserted a sell on clause, as part of the deal.  This would mean that if Al Ettifaq make a profit from selling Henderson, Liverpool would be due a percentage of that profit.  No exact figures have been provided, but sell on clauses usually range from 10 - 20%.  With sources in Saudi Arabia suggesting that Henderson will only be sold if a 'massive' bid comes in, Liverpool could stand to make an extra few £million from their former Captain.

Sunday's newspapers in the UK suggest that Chelsea are interested in signing Henderson. The stories state the Chelsea boss Pochettino is keen to add some experience to his young squad, something Henderson has in abundance.  Whether Chelsea could afford a deal is questionable, given their problems 'balancing the books', and with the aforementioned 'massive bid' needed to prize Jordan away.  Then there is the issue of whether Henderson would want to play for one of Liverpool's bitterest rivals.  However, given how quickly he followed the money to Saudi Arabia, it stands to reason that he would not be worried about joining one of our rivals....

If the Chelsea links prove to be incorrect, then Newcastle have also been mentioned, along with several unnamed German sides.

It will be interesting to see how this story develops over the rest of the January transfer window.

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