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Klopp defends Jordan Henderson after failed move to Saudi Pro League

Liverpool manager Jorgen Klopp insists Jordan Henderson should not be judged by his career choices after he leaves the Saudi league after six months.

Former Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson decided to join Saudi side Al Ettifaq last summer in a controversial transfer. Henderson was heavily criticised in the UK for moving to Saudi Arabia, as he had previously been a high-profile supporter of LGBTQ+ rights.

Henderson joined Dutch club Ajax on a two-and-half-year deal on Thursday after less than six months at Al-Ettifaq.

In his press conference on Friday, Klopp defended Henderson’s decision to return to Europe just six months after a failed high-profile move to the Saudi Pro League.

People are really critical of Hendo about the move, first there and now coming back,” said Klopp.

“I don’t know how we dare, always judging these kind things. We have one life and we have to make decisions and sometimes our decisions are perfect in the first case. And sometimes it is different after you made them.

“He was there and it was 100 per cent an interesting experience. And I spoke to him and 99 per cent of football things there were absolutely fine.

“There are many things to develop in the future but (he was) never really critical or saying: ‘It’s not possible that that’s not there’, but then he thought it is better for him and the family to come back to Europe and now he is at Ajax Amsterdam, a sensational club in a difficult moment.

I’m happy for him as it looks like he is happy and that is the most important thing to me.

“He is going to Holland where he can enjoy his football definitely again. The family will feel wonderful because the city is absolutely outstanding.

I will definitely talk to him in these few days. but he has a few things to do which are more important.”

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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