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Al-Ettifaq and Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson negotiate a deal worth £12 million including add-ons.

Liverpool have agreed in principle to trade captain Jordan Henderson to Saudi Arabian club Al-Ettifaq for £12 million plus add-ons.

Henderson accompanied Liverpool to Germany for a training camp but did not play in their 4-2 friendly win over Karlsruher.

The England midfielder, 33, has two years left on his Anfield contract.

Steven Gerrard, a former Liverpool captain, was recently appointed manager of Al-Ettifaq.

The agreement for Henderson comes after Liverpool turned down a £40 million bid from Al-Ittihad for fellow midfielder Fabinho last Friday.

Unlike Henderson, the Brazilian international, 29, did not travel to Germany until his future was determined.

This summer, a number of high-profile players, including former Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema and ex-Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante, transferred to Saudi Arabia.

Former Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino joined Al-Ahli after his contract at Anfield expired, and Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City has also been linked with the club.

Henderson moved to Liverpool from Sunderland in a £20 million deal in June 2011.

Henderson made 43 appearances for Liverpool last season as they finished fifth in the Premier League and missed out on a place in the Champions League.

He has appeared in 491 games with the Reds, scoring 33 goals and assisting on 58 others.

Henderson captained Liverpool to the Champions League title in 2019, followed by the Uefa Super Cup and Fifa Club World Cup later that year.

He was also the Reds’ captain when the team won the Premier League for the first time in 30 years in 2019-20.

Henderson’s other achievements with Liverpool include the FA Cup in 2022 and the League Cup in 2012 and 2022.


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