Former Liverpool Captain Jordan Henderson Getting Torched For Interview Explaining His Move To Saudi Arabia

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Former Liverpool captain and England international Jordan Henderson gave his first interview since making his controversial move to the Saudi Pro League and the response from the soccer world has been brutal.

Whether it be his explanation of why he left Liverpool — essentially, the manager, the iconic Jurgen Klopp, told him he’d be playing less –, his former alliance with the LGBTQ+ community that he’s left in tatters, or his claims that he didn’t make the move for the money, the 33-year-old’s comments are being torched on social media by soccer fans from all corners.

As Henderson told The Athletic, despite spending the offseason trying to get himself in the best shape possible for the upcoming season, Klopp explained to him that his role within the team would be minimized.

“I’m at the latter stage of my career and I want to be happy playing football. I want to play. I don’t want to be sitting on the bench and coming on for 10 minutes in games,” Henderson said.

This, however, didn’t sit well with Liverpool fans, as it was Klopp himself who put his weight behind giving Henderson a new contract with the club a few years ago despite the ownership’s desire not to.

The vitriol towards Henderson’s words doesn’t end there, though, as some are pointing out that Henderson has been essentially duped into drinking the kool-aid being given to him by Saudi Arabia, making him the perfect puppet for their sports washing program that is the Saudi Pro League.

Something that Henderson kept harping on is that the Saudis knew his beliefs and they haven’t told him to change them. And while that may be true, his beliefs aren’t what matters: it’s the laws and culture in Saudi Arabia that bar others from having their own beliefs/opinions/freedoms that do.

Despite his move to the relative retirement league that is the Saudi Pro League, England manager Gareth Southgate called up Henderson for September’s international break, which began on Monday.

Henderson certainly isn’t alone in making the move to the Saudi Pro League, as fellow soccer stars such as Ronaldo, Neymar, Karim Benzema, Sadio Mane, Ngolo Kante, Riyad Mahrez, Roberto Firmino, Fabinho, Marcelo Brozovic, Ruben Nevers, and more have also made the controversial jump. None of them, however, vocally aligned themselves with the LGBTQ+ community the way Henderson did.