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As well as Henderson and Firmino, the other legend who wants to flee Arabia

Arabia does not seem to be the ideal place for former Reds players, who have already suffered a lot in the Middle East

By Charles Cornwall

Henderson, Firmino and an unknown player
Henderson, Firmino and an unknown player
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The departures of Firmino, Fabinho and Jordan Henderson were major blows for the Reds, as they were pillars of Jürgen Klopp's side, yet the strangest thing was their decision to leave European football for an exotic league in the Middle East. This was undoubtedly largely, if not entirely, the reason for the arrival of these three in Arabia was for financial reasons, as few teams in the world can afford to maintain such high salaries.

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While these were sensitive losses for the Reds, the sale of Fabinho and Henderson, while generating large revenues for the Reds, was a great deal for the Reds. Six months after their arrival in Arabia, they no longer want to be in that country, and they would not be the only ones, as Georginio Wijnaldum went from a loan spell from PSG with Roma to partner Jordan Henderson at Al-Ettifaq.

The Dutchman's case seems similar to some other great players who leave Anfield and never find their best form on the pitch again. Georginio joined Liverpool in 2016 from Newcastle. Wijnaldum left Merseyside in 2021 after winning practically everything with the Reds, being part of a team that will long be remembered as one of the best.

His departure from Anfield meant that he was unable to find a regular and adequate level, so after two years at Liverpool he opted to move to where he believed he could raise his game. While Wijnaldum is one of Al-Ettifaq's best players, they are eighth in the Saudi Pro League, 28 points off the pace.

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After the first six months of the former Reds players' arrival in Arabia, none of them seem to be happy with it, so Wijnaldum, like his former Anfield team-mates, will already be thinking about leaving Arabia as soon as possible. Wijnaldum, who is under contract with Al-Ettifaq until 2026, will have to wait to find out where he will be heading next. The Dutchman is already 33 years old, so he could also return to the European leagues for a team in the Eredivisie.

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