Jamie Carragher has labeled Jordan Henderson a ‘Liverpool legend’ in his Instagram story after confirming his departure.
The now-departed Liverpool captain has joined Steven Gerrard’s Al-Ettifaq in Saudi Arabia after 12 years at the Merseyside club, posting a farewell video message to fans on his Instagram.
Experienced defender Carragher was still playing at Liverpool when Jordan Henderson arrived from Sunderland with a fresh face in 2011, and has now dubbed him a ‘Liverpool legend’ via his Instagram story, but another expert, who knows him ‘personally’, is ‘surprised’ by his departure.
Midway through his 33-year career at Anfield, you wouldn’t have put that label on him, nor thought he’d end up like this.
He’s been through some tough times, including his struggle to perform alongside a certain Gerrard.
But once Gerrard left and Jurgen Klopp moved into the building, Henderson’s career changed completely to the point where he became the first captain in three decades to lift the title, not to mention Champions League triumph in Madrid.
Henderson rightfully deserved that title and his legacy will only grow as he enters the final stages of his career and then stalls for good.
It’s understandable why he has headed to Saudi, even though the hard-hitting midfielder could have still provided a lot to Klopp ahead of the forthcoming season – Fabrizio Romano has claimed that he has signed a three-year deal, as he posted on Twitter.
It could be argued that the England international was a reflection of Klopp on the pitch, which is what the German will miss most about his former captain.