Jordan Henderson clarifies his departure from Liverpool for Saudi Arabia’s Al Ettifaq, explaining the reasons behind his decision

Jordan Henderson recently made a move from Liverpool to Al Ettifaq in the Saudi Pro League.

Despite leaving the Premier League, Henderson remains optimistic about his prospects with the England national team and believes there is no reason why he can’t continue representing his country.

Henderson cited his former Liverpool teammate and club legend Steven Gerrard as a significant influence on his decision to join Al Ettifaq.

The opportunity to work with Gerrard, with whom he played alongside at Liverpool, played a pivotal role in his choice to move to the Saudi club.

While Henderson’s move to the Saudi Pro League might have raised eyebrows, he remains focused on his footballing career and is determined to continue making a positive impact both at his new club and on the international stage with England.

“Stevie was a big reason obviously why I came. To work with him and play under him,” he told BeanymanSports.

Al Ettifaq open their 2023/24 Saudi Pro League campaign on August 14 at home to Ronaldo’s Al Nassr, who have recently acquired former Liverpool forward Sadio Mane.

Henderson is confident his new side will be prepared for their first game of the upcoming season.

“We need to be ready in the first week or so for the first game, but I’m sure we will be. We’ve had some good training sessions,” he added.

“So hopefully we can keep moving things in the right direction and definitely work together to try to make the team better and more successful.”

The 33-year-old, who has 77 international caps to his name, also talked up his England future and believes there’s ‘no reason’ why he can’t make Gareth Southgate’s squad.

“I’m focused on playing for Ettifaq and playing my best. If I’m doing that then there’s no reason why I can’t play for England, as the gaffer said,” the midfielder continued.

“Obviously we spoke over the last few weeks about it because playing for England means a lot to me and I feel as though I can still bring a lot to the team as I have in the last few games in the World Cup.

“So I still feel as though I can bring a lot. But at the same time I’ve got to do my job here and if I can do that then hopefully I can make the team as normal.”

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