Henderson previously vowed to help grow the Saudi Pro League, but is set to quit just a few months later. “I wanted something that would excite me,” Henderson added. “But it needed to be something that I felt as though I could add value in and do and try something new — a new challenge and for different reasons.
“And this opportunity with Stevie (Gerrard) in a totally different league and totally different culture was something completely different, that maybe it would excite us in terms of the project that was put in front of us, in terms of the league and using my experience to try to help with that in many different areas and feeling that people value.
“It’s nice to feel wanted. I know Stevie really wanted me. I know the club really wanted me to go and they wanted us to try and build over the next few years — something that is here to stay and be one of the best leagues in the world.”