Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is edging closer to a move to Saudi Arabian side Al-Ettifaq, where he will rejoin ex-Liverpool star Steven Gerrard, according to reports coming out of France.
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.
This, combined with the resurgence of Curtis Jones and the breakthrough of Stefan Bajcetic last season, has left Henderson’s place in the squad looking in more doubt than ever, though he remains an invaluable voice in the dressing room.
Under contract until 2025, the 33-year-old made 23 Premier League starts last season, but is likely to find that reduced yet further this season should he opt to stay, despite the departures of James Milner, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
As it stands, eight players will be competing for Klopp’s three midfield spots, and though Henderson’s experience could be handy, fresh legs are likely to be preferred on a regular basis.
According to French outlet L’Equipe, he has been offered an alternative future, one which would see him reunite with Steven Gerrard, the man who he took over from in Liverpool’s engine room.
They claim that a move to Saudi side Al-Ettifaq is considered by some sources to be ‘very advanced’, though they add that ‘the Englishman’s answer has not yet been revealed’.
Should he make the move, Henderson would find himself coming up against former teammate Roberto Firmino, who joined Al-Ahli last week, while he would also be the latest in a host of stars helping to put the Saudi Pro League on the map.