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Henderson announces emotional Liverpool departure and says ‘I’m a Red until the day I die’

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Jordan Henderson has announced his departure from Liverpool in an emotional social media post.

The former Reds captain is set to join Saudi Pro League side Al Ettifaq on a mega-money deal.

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Henderson has said his goodbyes
Henderson addressed fans and thanked them for their support

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Henderson addressed fans and thanked them for their supportCredit: @jordanhenderson

Henderson, 33, leaves the Reds as a Premier League and Champions League winner during a 12-year career with the Merseyside team.

The former Sunderland star, who became Liverpool captain in 2015, is set to earn £700,000-per-week in the Middle East.

The deal will reportedly pocket Liverpool a £12million transfer fee, while Henderson links up with former teammate and Reds legend Steven Gerrard who is now coaching Al Ettifaq.

Talking through his departure, an emotional Henderson began: “I’m not sure I have any words to sum up how I’m feeling right now.

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“I’m in the dressing room for the last time. So as you can imagine, it’s very emotional, but I need to somehow try and explain what these last 12 years have meant for me and my family.

“I can still remember that June night back in 2011, clearly being dead excited, but then becoming even more nervous as the move from Sunderland became a reality.

“It was hard leaving there. I have to be honest. My hometown, my club. But when Liverpool come knocking, you don’t say no.

“Driving in through those old Melwood Gates. Meeting Damien [Comolli], the spinning feeling in my stomach, feeling a little shy meeting Sir Kenny [Dalglish], that all seems like yesterday when I see the footage back now – I’m just a kid, who would’ve ever imagined that night how the next 12 years would go?

“I can’t lie, there have been hard times, really hard times, but when I look back at my career at Liverpool, it will always be the good times that I remember.

“Those good times again, where do I start? Being made the captain of Liverpool Football Club was one of the greatest honours of my life. From the day the armband was passed to me I did everything I could to behave like a Liverpool captain should.

Henderson arrived from Sunderland for £20m in 2011

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Henderson arrived from Sunderland for £20m in 2011Credit: Getty
Henderson took the captain's armband from Gerrard in 2015

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Henderson took the captain’s armband from Gerrard in 2015Credit: getty

“But the biggest honours at Liverpool weren’t personal ones. They were collective, all of us, all of you together, starting in Madrid with number six, the most perfect night. Probably my favourite night, actually.

“You’ve seen it, I’m sure, but the emotion, it was impossible not to be emotional, but then when we came home, there were no words for that experience.

“You were everywhere. Literally everywhere in the trees, windows on roofs, on cars, up lamp posts and even on scaffolding.

“From the bottom of my heart thank you for giving us that welcome, not just once, but to do it again, even after we lost the Champions League final last year says everything about the club and its supporters.

Liverpool's trophy parades meant everything to Henderson

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Liverpool’s trophy parades meant everything to HendersonCredit: getty

“The best in the world? There can be no doubt. There is no doubt.”

“And then bringing home number 19. We knew as players what ending it that way meant to you.

“We knew how important it was to make Liverpool champions again, and that leads me on to Anfield, the most special place in the world to play football. How could anyone think it isn’t?

“I’m sad I won’t have the chance to play at the bigger Anfield, but I know what impact it’ll have on the opponents.

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“I guess the thing I want to say most of all of you is just simply thank you. Thank you for allowing me to have been a part of your club. Thank you for your support in good times and bad.

“Thank you for all the sacrifices and commitments you made and will continue to make to follow us all over the world. Just know that I will always be a Red until the day I die. Thank you for everything. You’ll never walk alone, Jordan.”





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