Jordan Henderson joins Ajax

Jordan Henderson’s Saudi Arabian adventure comes to an abrupt end.

England midfielder Jordan Henderson joins Ajax, as he chases regular first XI football ahead of Euro 2024

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  • Former Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson joined Al-Effitaq in summer of 2023.
  • Henderson was one of many big-name players to make the switch to the Gulf.
  • England man copped plenty of criticism for making the move and failed to settle in Saudi Arabia.
  • A new footballing opportunity has arisen for Henderson though, who joins Ajax in the Netherlands.

Liverpool and England legend Jordan Henderson shocked many punters and international betting sites in the summer of 2023, by heading to Al Effitaq in Saudi Arabia. 

Joining forces with Steven Gerrard, the move initially looked to make sense but 6 months on, Henderson has returned to Europe to join Ajax.  

As more and more big names made the move from Europe to Saudi Arabia in 2023, punters and betting apps have taken a much more active interest in the Saudi Pro League in recent times. 

England and Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson was one of the shock additions to the league, not only due to his playing style but also due to his vocal support of the LGBTQ+ community, which is condemned in Saudi Arabia. 
Teaming up with his former captain at Liverpool Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson did have an impact of sorts at Al Effitaq but it was clear that the former Sunderland man was not settled in the Gulf. 
Six months into his tenure at Al Effitaq however, Henderson has parted ways with the club and finds himself on the cusp of a new adventure at Ajax in the Netherlands. 
Anfield Legend 

For all the great names that have graced Liverpool Football Club over the years, few have enjoyed the level of success as captain that Jordan Henderson did. 
Having joined the club back in 2011, Henderson lifted the Champions League trophy in 2019 before backing it up in 2020 with the Premier League title – the first for Liverpool in 30 years. 
A key part of the FA Cup and Carabao Cup triumphs in 2022 too, Jordan Henderson left the club in the summer of 2023 – having played almost 500 games for Liverpool and having won 7 trophies. 
Saudi criticism 

For all of the sporting happenings in Saudi Arabia, the question marks around some of the human rights rulings in the country continue to linger. 
During his time at Liverpool, Jordan Henderson was an outspoken supporter of inclusivity and minority groups, often to much acclaim. 
Moving to Saudi Arabia was seen by many as disrespectful by Henderson, who apologised for any offence caused by his move to Saudi Arabia, always citing it as a football decision, more than a financial one. 
Ajax adventure 

2024 does however present an opportunity for Jordan Henderson to move forwards in his career and he has moved to a European behemoth in Ajax. 
Sat in 5th in the Eredivisie table and with a Europa Conference League campaign to manage too, there is plenty to play for in Amsterdam this season and Henderson will be a big part of that. 
In addition, he knows all too well that consistent performances in the Dutch capital could secure him a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad at Euro 2024.

Football players moving to Saudi Arabia has been one of the key markets to explore for punters and betting apps in recent times. 
Jordan Henderson made the move from Liverpool to the Gulf in 2023 but it hasn’t worked out, with the England man now heading to Ajax, as he looks to rebuild his career, ahead of Euro 2024.