Jordan Henderson has faced LGBT+ criticism over a possible departure from Liverpool

Jordan Henderson has been hit by criticism from a group of Liverpool LGBT fans over his possible move to Saudi Arabia.

The England midfielder is reportedly considering a move to Al-Ettifaq to join his former teammate Steven Gerrard, who was announced as manager earlier this month.

Henderson is reportedly considering an offer of £700,000 a week to join the squad.

The 33-year-old has spoken out in support of LGBT+ initiatives in the past and the potential move to Saudi Arabia, where homosexuality is illegal, has sparked controversy.

Henderson made headlines in 2021 when he tweeted his support for non-binary England fan Joe White after White shared his experience of him attending matches. He also shared a message of support for a gay Liverpool fan during the club’s Rainbow Laces campaign in 2020. Henderson was subsequently nominated for a ‘Football Ally’ at the LGBT+ Awards.

Liverpool LGBT+ group Kop Outs tweeted: “The Kop Outs appreciated the bond shown by Jordan Henderson.

“We are appalled and concerned that anyone is considering working for a #sportsclothing operation for a regime that oppresses women and LGBT+ people and regularly tops the death penalty list around the world?”

They added: “Gerrard’s involvement in this sports wash is particularly heartbreaking given that he previously supported LA Galaxy teammate Robbie Rogers.

“If someone has made a fortune, should the money encourage him to go to work? Maybe they should ask themselves these questions.

“We hope Jordan Henderson proves he’s a man of his word and stays true to our club’s values, of which he has so far been the absolute embodiment.”

Henderson has made 360 ​​appearances for Liverpool since joining in 2011. He has also made 77 appearances for England.

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