Jordan Henderson has already been handed the captain’s armband for Al-Ettifaq after leaving Liverpool for the Saudi Arabia side this summer.

Steven Gerrard’s new club faced Al Jazira in a pre-season friendly ahead of the Saudi Pro League’s return later this month, with the Liverpool legend naming Henderson as Al-Ettifaq’s captain on the day.

The decision is perhaps not a surprising one given that the England international had captained Liverpool after Gerrard’s departure, with Henderson leading the Reds to a Premier League title and the UEFA Champions League.

And the 33-year-old has now picked up where he left off in Merseyside with Al-Ettifaq, with Henderson yesterday taking the armband for his new side alongside the likes of Jack Hendry and Moussa Dembele.

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Lauded by the Athletic as a ‘special’ player for Liverpool, Henderson can lead Al-Ettifaq into an exciting new era with Gerrard at the helm and a slew of new signings being made by the Saudi club this summer.

Moreover, Henderson being named captain could be the best decision Gerrard makes away from the transfer market for Al-Ettifaq, given the qualities the former Liverpool midfielder has.

Henderson is the perfect captain for Al-Ettifaq

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Henderson’s credentials as a captain speak for itself, with the former Liverpool man proving to be the perfect heir to Gerrard at Anfield before reuniting with his former teammate in the Middle East.

At Al-Ettifaq, the Saudi side have a player who is the perfect choice for captain, with Henderson likely to take the role as seriously as he did when in place at Anfield.

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