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Jordan Henderson can still turn to ex-Liverpool boss after Klopp snub | Football | Sport

Jordan Henderson could be in line for a reunion with his former Liverpool manager after reportedly failing to settle in Saudi Arabia, but it won’t be at Anfield. The England international midfielder captained the Reds to seven major honours during his time on Merseyside including the Champions League and the club’s first top-flight league title in 30 years in 2020.

But after Jurgen Klopp signed Alexis MacAllister and Dominik Szoboszlai last summer, Henderson somewhat controversially chose to leave Anfield and moved to the Saudi Pro League to play for Steven Gerrard’s Al-Ettifaq team on a reported wage of £700,000 per week.

According to the Daily Mail, however, the 33-year-old has failed to settle in the Middle East and has struggled to adapt to the change of lifestyle as well as the heat and humidity whilst playing. He has also received large criticism from the LGBTQ+ community for moving to Saudi Arabia.

On the pitch, Al-Ettifaq are without a win in their last eight matches and have been struggling to attract crowds to their games, averaging just 7,800 in a 35,000-capacity stadium.

With the Saudi Pro League now on its winter break, the report claims that Henderson has told some of his teammates that he will consider his options during the season hiatus. But any prospect of a return to Liverpool already looks to be dead in the water.

After the Reds’ superb 2-0 FA Cup victory at Arsenal on Sunday, Klopp was asked by a reporter about the possibility of a Henderson return.

As per Sky Sports, Klopp said: “Did Hendo have a press conference and say that or what? Ahh, it’s just written! That means for me it’s not existing. He didn’t call me! We spoke actually, but not about that. So really nothing to say about that.”

Even if a return to Anfield is not a realistic proposition for Henderson, a switch back to British football could still happen this month if the Mail’s report is on the money. The Mirror has tipped Celtic to be a potential destination for the veteran midfielder, where he would be reunited with Brendan Rodgers.

Henderson played under the Northern Irishman at Anfield for three years, coming close to winning the Premier League in 2014 before just missing out to Manchester City. Rodgers was sacked in 2015 and replaced by Klopp who was then able to take the Merseyside club on a silverware rampage with Henderson as his captain.

Any move away from the Saudi Pro League would be expensive for the former Sunderland player, however. Not only would he need to take a significant pay cut to return to Britain, but his huge Al-Ettifaq wages are only tax-free if he remains with the club for two years. Should he cut his time in Saudi Arabia short he will likely be saddled with a huge tax bill.

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