Jurgen Klopp spoke his mind on Jordan Henderson’s imminent move to Al-Ettifaq after Liverpool’s friendly win over Karlsruher.
Although the Reds skipper has travelled with his teammates to Germany, he was not part of the matchday squad that won 4-2 over the Bundesliga 2 side. The England international is closing in on a move to Steven Gerrard’s side in a £12 million (€13m/$15m) deal with Liverpool and Klopp refused to comment on the move until it is official. However, the manager made it amply clear that he has given his consent to the transfer and all these decisions are made by him.
“There’s actually nothing to say. As long as things are not really finally decided, we don’t have to talk about it. There will be a moment when we probably have to talk about it, but it’s not now. I don’t know that anything is decided, which means nothing to say at the moment,” he told reporters.”But that’s even better for you (media) because you can speculate, which is much more fun! If I say something then it’s finished! In the end, all of these decisions are made by me. And because I respect the players a lot, it’s usually with consent. It was in this case, and it is all fine,” he added.It has been reported that Henderson is set to earn a reported figure of around £700,000-per-week after he signs with Al-Ettifaq. However, the move has been marred by controversy after Kop Outs, a local LGBTQ+ group, expressed their “concern” over the transfer, as Saudi Arabia is a country with staunch anti-LGBTQ+ beliefs and Henderson has always been a strong advocate of the community’s rights.Henderson is expected to complete his move to Al-Ettifaq in the next few days and might not be involved when Liverpool play Furth on Monday in their second pre-season friendly.