Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson made an emotional announcement of his departure from the club through a heartfelt social media post on Wednesday.
After 12 years at the Merseyside club, the 33-year-old Henderson is set to join Saudi club Al-Ettifaq, where he will be reunited with his former teammate Steven Gerrard, who is now the head coach. During his time at Liverpool, Henderson became the team’s captain in 2015 and played a pivotal role in leading the club to their first Premier League title in 30 years and their first UEFA Champions League title in 15 years in 2019.
In his emotional note, Henderson expressed his difficulty in finding words to describe his current feelings as he prepares to leave the dressing room for the last time. He reflected on the significance of the last 12 years for him and his family.
Henderson fondly recalled the moment when he signed for Liverpool in 2011, despite leaving his hometown club Sunderland, stating that when Liverpool comes calling, you cannot refuse the opportunity.
Having won eight trophies with Liverpool, Henderson leaves as a legendary figure. He acknowledged that his journey had its challenges, but he will cherish the good times, especially the collective achievements with the team, particularly the memorable night in Madrid when they clinched their sixth Champions League title.
Henderson’s move to Al-Ettifaq will see him sign a lucrative contract earning him £700,000 per week, and Liverpool will receive a £12 million transfer fee.
In his message to the Liverpool fans, Henderson expressed his profound gratitude for allowing him to be a part of the club. He thanked them for their unwavering support through the highs and lows and acknowledged their sacrifices and commitment to following the team worldwide. Henderson assured the fans that he would always remain a Red at heart and signed off with the iconic Liverpool anthem, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”