Jurgen Klopp issues stance on Jordan Henderson amid Saudi interest
Jurgen Klopp has reportedly made it clear that he doesn’t want Jordan Henderson to leave this summer amid growing interest from Saudi Arabia side Al-Ettifaq.
According to 90min, the Anfield boss is eager to keep hold of the 33-year-old midfielder following breaking news yesterday that Henderson is leaning towards a move to the Middle East, with the Athletic reporting that an offer is currently on the table to quadruple the Liverpool star’s wages.
With Steven Gerrard pushing Al-Ettifaq’s pursuit for Henderson, a lot is expected to happen in the next 24 hours that could define the midfielder’s legacy at Liverpool. And Klopp is now resigned to the idea of losing his skipper to Saudi Arabia.
Signed from Sunderland in 2011 for a reported £20m, Henderson is one of the most important players in the Liverpool squad both on and off the pitch. And the midfielder accepting a move to Saudi Arabia could do irreversible damage to the England international’s reputation at the club.
Indeed, Klopp now pushing the Reds to now sell Henderson speaks volume on how much the midfielder is valued at Anfield. And whilst the 33-year-old is leaning towards a move to Saudi Arabia, things can quickly change if the German can speak some sense into the midfielder.
Klopp must do all he can to stop Henderson from moving to Saudi Arabia
Henderson to Saudi Arabia is a transfer nobody could have predicted at the start of the window. Yet with pre-season fixtures now on the horizon, Klopp now must face up the task of trying to keep the midfielder on his books and to steer him away from the tempting offer on the table.
Of course, what Al-Ettifaq are offering is a life-changing sum for Henderson and his family. But Klopp is aware that such a transfer is not in the 33-year-old’s nature, and the German has to ensure that the midfielder stays at Anfield this summer.
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