Jordan Henderson has accepted Al Ettifaq proposal and is set to leave Liverpool 

Jordan Henderson has accepted personal terms with Saudi club, Al Ettifaq and is set to reunite with club's old captain, Steven Gerrard.
(Photo by Marca)
(Photo by Marca)

Jordan Henderson has accepted Al Ettifaq proposal and is considering ending his 12-year Liverpool career. He has agreed personal terms with the Saudi club over a lucrative offer. It's said by many journalists that Steven Gerrard specifically asked for it to happen.

Henderson To Saudi Pro League

Henderson has agreed personal terms with Saudi club, Al Ettifaq. (Photo by Getty Images).

Al Ettifaq was making a determined effort to sign the Liverpool captain, who was initially reluctant to leave Anfield and relocate to the Middle East with his family. The 33-year-old, however, has now accepted an offer of a two-year contract that would double his £200,000-a-week Liverpool wage and also includes the option of a third year as per Fabrizio Romano.

Liverpool have not received a formal bid from the Saudi Arabian club but one is expected, possibly within days, now that Henderson has indicated that he is receptive to the shock transfer. The midfielder has made this decision after holding talks with Jürgen Klopp this week over his prospects of featuring regularly for Liverpool next season, the outcome of which have also shaped the long-serving captain's decision.

Henderson has made 43 appearances for Liverpool last season and has two years remaining on his contract. He would remaij an invaluable leader on and off the pitch for Klopp, who has seen former vice-captain James Milner depart for Brighton this summer. Naby Keïta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have also exited on free transfers.

Why's Henderson leaving?

The arrival of Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai, for £35m and £60m respectively, will intensify competition for places in Liverpool's midfield and Klopp currently has nine midfielders at his disposal. Trent Alexander-Arnold's successful switch to a hybrid midfield role towards the end of last season, plus the impressive development of Curtis Jones and Stefan Bajcetic, has also enhanced Liverpool's options.

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