Liverpool breaks their silence on rumors circulating them and Henderson

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Jurgen Klopp delivered a prompt and pointed response when questioned about the possibility of Jordan Henderson making a return to Liverpool. Henderson, who had been the club’s captain, departed in the summer to join Steven Gerrard at Al Ettifaq in the Saudi Pro League. A move that was part of a series of high-profile player transfers that stirred controversy.

Several months following his lucrative £12 million transfer, recent reports suggest that Jordan Henderson is expressing a desire to leave Al Ettifaq. And thus make a sudden return to the Premier League. The claims indicate that the England international has been facing challenges in adapting to life in Saudi Arabia.

Following Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Arsenal in the FA Cup third round, Klopp was questioned about the potential return of Jordan Henderson to the club. Despite acknowledging ongoing communication, the German manager downplayed any speculation. That is regarding a second tenure for his former captain.

What did Liverpool manager Klopp say about Henderson?

The German manager said:

“Did Hendo have a press conference and say that? Ahh, it’s just written! That means for me it’s not existing.”

“He didn’t call me! We spoke actually, but not about that. So really nothing to say about that.”

Since concluding his 12-year tenure at Liverpool, Jordan Henderson has been there in 19 matches for Al Ettifaq. A team that also secured the services of his former midfield partner, Georginio Wijnaldum. However, the team is currently experiencing a challenging run of form. Having gone without a win in eight games, with their last victory dating back to October.

Ian Foster, who served as Gerrard’s assistant, recently departed the club. That is to assume the role of manager at Plymouth Argyle. Foster was reportedly instrumental in persuading Henderson to join Al Ettifaq in Saudi Arabia. However, reports say that he informed teammates of considering his options in the lead-up to a recent winter break.

Liverpool reportedly holds a sell-on clause in Henderson’s contract. But Al Ettifaq would entertain the prospect of a transfer only with an outlandish offer. Henderson is reportedly open to accepting a substantial pay cut. But a departure could result in a significant tax bill for him. His wages are tax-free only if he remains in the country for a minimum of two years.

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