Jordan Henderson is reportedly seeking an exit from Al-Ettifaq after just six months, and Graeme Souness has hinted at the possibility of the midfielder’s wife playing a role in his desire for a transfer.
Having made the move to Saudi Arabia in the summer of 2023, Henderson joined his former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard at Al-Ettifaq, signing a lucrative contract in the Middle East.
However, the England international has faced challenges, with the team struggling to achieve positive results, leading to Henderson exploring options for a move elsewhere.
Souness believes Henderson’s wife plays a role in his decision
Another former Liverpool skipper, Reds legend Souness, has told talkSPORT of why Henderson is feeling restless: “He would have known about the climate in Saudi Arabia, and known he was going to a much inferior league given the Premier League is best one out there. I would imagine if they were top of the league and he was being well received as the player they thought they were getting, we would not be talking about this. I think it is a combination of him having a miserable time, and because the club has underachieved.”
But Souness added on the family issues that could be driving Henderson’s desire to leave Saudi Arabia: “Could I deal with the heat? Yes. Could I deal with losing every week? Yes. The one thing I could not take, was if my wife was not there, I would be like ‘I just can’t do this’. I am second guessing, but if she is still living in Cheshire somewhere, and that is what is driving it, that is a whole different argument. The other two I could deal with, I am not sure I could deal with my wife telling me I can’t live here.”
Jordan Henderson is reportedly earning £350,000 per week at Al-Ettifaq, creating challenges for a potential loan move.
Additionally, If he were to terminate his contract, there have been discussions about the 33-year-old considering a return to England or a move to mainland Europe, with Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen, or Juventus mentioned as possible destinations for a fresh start.