5 European Sides Linked With Jordan Henderson As Former Liverpool Player Looks to Leave Saudi Arabia

5 European Sides Linked With Jordan Henderson As Former Liverpool Player Looks to Leave Saudi Arabia

Byron Pillay
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Jordan Henderson left Liverpool to join Steven Gerrard in Saudi Arabia at Al-Ettifaq
  • Former Liverpool captain Henderson is said to regret moving to play in Saudi Arabia
  • Chelsea are one of many European sides who have been linked with a move for Hendo

The current transfer window has been dominated by news of Kylian Mbappe, but another name is also making headlines.

Former Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is said to be unhappy in Saudi Arabia and looking for a way back to Europe.

Jordan Henderson is unhappy in Saudi Arabia and is looking to leave.
A host of big European clubs have all been linked with former Liverpool captain, Jordan Henderson. Image: Francois Nel.
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With the Al-Ettifaq star pushing for a move back to Europe, Sports Brief looks at five clubs linked with the ex-Premier League winner.


It won’t be a transfer window without The Blues being linked with a new player.

Mauricio Pochettino's side have gone after young, talented stars in recent transfer windows, so a move for the 33-year-old seems unlikely.

Despite this, Chelsea have been linked with a move for the former Premier League star. Football London reports that Henderson is being considered a possible acquisition due to his experience.

It would also provide cover for Conor Gallagher, who is said to be close to leaving the team.

Bayern Munich

The Bundesliga champions have been linked with two veteran Englishmen in recent days.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Eric Dier is said to be close to moving to the team, and now the German side has also been linked with Henderson.

As noted by Goal, Henderson has been offered to the German side and could link up with fellow England international Harry Kane.

Ajax Amsterdam

The Dutch side are the latest team to be linked with a move for Henderson, and a player of his experience could greatly benefit them.

After just one win in their first seven games of the season, fans turned on the club and destroyed parts of the stadium. Ajax have since turned things around and are fifth on the Eredivisie table.

With Ajax looking to rebuild and return to the top of the table, they have shown interest in signing Henderson.

Bayer Leverkusen

Bayern Munich aren’t the only German side that could sign Henderson.

Bavarian Football Works reports that Henderson has also been offered to Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen.

Leverkusen are top of the Bundesliga table and are said to be looking for a central defensive midfielder to bolster their squad. Should Henderson join the club, it would see him playing under another successful former Liverpool midfielder in Alonso.

Newcastle United

After a blistering start to the season, The Magpies have been knocked out of the Carabao Cup and the UEFA Champions League and find themselves ninth on the Premier League table.

Eddie Howe’s men have lost nine of the 20 games they have played in the league and have recently been hit by an injury crisis. Essentially Sports reports that Newcastle are keen on Henderson due to the shortage of midfielders they have at the moment.

There could be one stumbling block in any proposed deal, though. Henderson is a Sunderland-born player, and the Black Cats are bitter rivals of Newcastle.

Many would be shocked to see him wear the colours of his former club’s enemies.

Henderson among unhappy players in Saudi

While Jordan Henderson’s desire to leave Saudi Arabia is well known, he isn’t the only player who wants out.

Numerous international stars moved to the Saudi Pro League following Cristiano Ronaldo’s big-money move.

After a few months, many of the stars are said to be unhappy playing in the country, Sports Brief reported.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.