Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has stated that he does not intend to join Steven Gerrard’s Al-Ettifaq in Saudi Arabia this summer as he prepares to compete for a starting spot with the Premier League giants.
The Daily Mail reported last week that Henderson and Chelsea striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are two of Gerrard’s main objectives now that he has been named manager of the Saudi Arabian side.
According to the same source, preliminary conversations have taken place between intermediaries acting on behalf of Al-Ettifaq and Henderson, but the England midfielder is hesitant to join the Saudi Pro League at this juncture of his career.
After Liverpool signed Alexis MacAllister and Dominik Szobozslai, Henderson’s playing time is projected to be significantly curtailed this season.Jurgen Klopp is expected to sign a third midfielder before the transfer season closes, which is bad news for Liverpool’s captain.
It is admirable that the England international wants to stay and battle for his place, but it would be bad for Klopp’s dressing room to lose another vital character after James Milner departed the club at the end of last season.