Jurgen Klopp speaks out on Jordan Henderson as Liverpool captain nears £12m exit | Football


Jordan Henderson is on the verge of swapping Liverpool for the Saudi Pro League (Getty)

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed he has approved Liverpool’s decision to sell Jordan Henderson ahead of the midfielder’s imminent move to the Saudi Pro League.

Liverpool have now agreed a £12 million deal with Al-Ettifaq, who are now managed by Steven Gerrard, and Henderson is now expected to finalise his move to Saudi Arabia.

Henderson, who has captained Liverpool since Gerrard’s departure in 2015, has agreed a deal with Al-Ettifaq worth £350,000 a week.

The 33-year-old has travelled with Liverpool’s squad for their pre-season camp in Germanybut he was not included in the squad for their 4-2 win over Karlsruher on Wednesday.

When asked about Henderson’s absence after the game, Klopp said: ‘There’s actually nothing to say.

Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool during the pre-season friendly match between Karlsruher SC and Liverpool FC at BBBank Wildpark on July 19, 2023 in Karlsruhe, Germany. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp says he has approved Liverpool’s decision to sell Jordan Henderson (Liverpool FC via Getty)

‘As long as things are not really finally decided, we don’t have to talk about it. There will be a moment where we probably have to talk about it, but it’s not now.

‘I don’t know that anything is decided, which means nothing to say in the moment. But that’s even better for you because you can speculate, which is much more fun! If I say something then it’s finished!

‘In the end, all of these decisions are made by me.

‘And because I respect the players a lot, it’s usually [with the player’s] consent. It was in this case, and it is all fine.’

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