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How much Liverpool are demanding to let Jordan Henderson join Al-Ettifaq this summer

The Reds will not let him leave for free

Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp will demand 10m euros for club captain Jordan Henderson should the Liverpool veteran decide to accept an offer from Saudi side Al-Ettifaq this summer, it has been reported.

Henderson is set to net a staggering £700,000 per week should he join Steven Gerrard’s new side in Saudi Arabia, with the Liverpool captain leaning towards taking the plunge and making the move to the middle east.

Gerrard, who he took the Liverpool captaincy from, is now in charge of Saudi side Al-Ettifaq, and is keen to make the Liverpool veteran his first signing as manager.

However, he won’t be available for free. With two years left to run on his deal at Anfield, a place he has called home since 2011, Fabrizio Romano reports that it will take a fee of around 10m euros (£8.5m) to persuade the Reds to part ways with him, and Klopp’s side will demand that the majority be paid up front.

That is unlikely to be too much of a problem for the state-backed division, who have already signed the likes of Ruben Neves and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic for high fees, while they are also set to table an offer for Henderson’s teammate Fabinho.

Why would Henderson leave?

The Reds have undergone significant surgery in midfield already this summer, with the arrival of Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai in recent weeks, and yet more midfield additions are expected before the summer transfer window is over amid links to Southampton’s Romeo Lavia.

Should he depart, it could well leave a leadership void in a midfield that has already seen James Milner depart this summer, and could require some of the new arrivals at Anfield to step up sooner rather than later.

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Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.

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