Transfer latest – Which clubs could rescue Jordan Henderson from Saudi Arabia?

Jordan Henderson's looking for a way out of Al-Ettifaq - anywhere will do...

With news coming from the Arabian Gulf suggesting former Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is keen to find a way out of the Saudi Pro League, it is no surprise the England international has been linked with plenty of clubs – though he may have to force his way out of his two-year, £350,000-per-week contract.

Perhaps Jurgen Klopp could come to his aid and welcome him back to Anfield? Alexis Mac Allister hasn’t set the world on fire, making many people realise just what Henderson offered to the side.


Or maybe the Sunday League outfit  from The Dog and Duck will spring to his rescue down the local playing fields on the promise of making him captain, giving him a tenner for every goal he scores and free roasties for all the players after the game?

Whether Henderson wants to creep back into the Premier League unnoticed, get his head down and play football, or come back to European football with a massive bang and bring his millions of untaxed wages and Bengal Tiger with him, Paddy Power News has looked at some of the possible destinations for the 33-year-old…

General view inside the City Ground ahead of kick-off of the during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Coventry City at the City Ground, Nottingham on Wednesday 6th April 2022. (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Nottingham Forest

With over 650 professional players registered at Forest in the summer of 2022, many fans have forgotten who actually plays for the club. Henderson could creep in the back door of the City Ground and play ten games in a row before anybody picks up on the fact he’s there, including his team mates.



Turkey has become a very attractive destination for top level professionals coming to the end of their career. Henderson could easily go to Fenerbahce, win a title and play Champions League football for a few more seasons. Plus, there’s additional benefits such as a hair transplant, getting his teeth done or butt-lift implants that can surely be negotiated as part of any contract.


Could he follow in the footsteps of his hero Steven Gerrard and become a Rangers icon? With the Scottish giants having only won the SPL once in 12 years, Henderson could add experience in the title run-in. It’s Scottish football so he’d come in and probably score 30 goal and win Player of the Year.

Sheffield United

If he truly wants to go under the radar in his return, his best bet is joining the Blades. It would be four months of losing week in week out before being relegated to the Championship.

Steven Gerrard Aston Villa

Wherever Gerrard goes next…

Rather than following in the footsteps of his hero and joining Rangers, he could simply follow his hero – literally. Maybe wait a few months until Gerrard finds a new club to manage and go along for the ride, which, given his recent record probably means . Keep the team together!


Back to where it all began, maybe? Sunderland have a very young squad who would probably refer to him as Grandpa or Pops as he tells them some old war stories about life before VAR.

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