Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has denied claims that money was the motivating factor behind his decision to join Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr. Former footballer Chris Sutton had questioned Henderson’s move, suggesting that the midfielder may not have the stomach to fight for his place against Liverpool’s new signings.
Henderson completed his move to Al Nassr on a two-year contract, which reportedly makes him one of the highest-paid players in Saudi Arabian football. The 31-year-old had spent ten successful years at Liverpool, captaining the team to numerous trophies including the Premier League and Champions League titles.
Sutton, however, raised doubts about Henderson’s decision, implying that the lure of a big paycheck may have influenced his choice. Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Sutton said, “If he goes to Saudi Arabia, it’s a different ball game. It’s not the same as playing for Liverpool. You’ve got to have the stomach for it.”
Henderson, in response, dismissed Sutton’s claims and reaffirmed his commitment to the game. He insisted that the move was driven by his desire for a new challenge and a change of scenery, rather than financial gain. The Liverpool captain emphasized that he still possesses the hunger and determination to compete at the highest level.
“I’ve always been someone who wants to push myself and try new things,” Henderson said. “This move is an opportunity for me to experience a different culture and style of football. It’s not about money; it’s about personal growth and development as a player.”
Henderson also expressed his gratitude to Liverpool and its fans for their support throughout his career. He acknowledged the incredible memories and achievements he had with the club but felt that the time was right for a fresh start.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp also praised Henderson’s professionalism and dedication during his tenure at the club. He acknowledged that the midfielder had been a vital part of Liverpool’s success and wished him all the best in his new venture.
Henderson’s move to Al Nassr comes as Liverpool continues to strengthen its squad with new signings. The club has brought in several players during the summer transfer window, including Ibrahima Konate, Thiago Alcantara, and Diogo Jota.
As the new season approaches, Liverpool will be aiming to challenge for major honors once again. With the addition of new talent and the continued leadership of Jurgen Klopp, the team will look to build on their previous successes and maintain their status as one of the top clubs in English football.