Jordan Henderson: I will not wear Rainbow Laces in Saudi Arabia if it disrespects their beliefs
Jordan Henderson has admitted he would not disrespect a country that criminalises homosexuality by wearing a rainbow armband there.
Henderson broke his silence over arguably the summers most controversial transfer, which saw him quit Liverpool for Saudi Arabian Pro League side Al Ettifaq despite having been a long-standing advocate for gay rights.
In a wide-ranging interview with The Athletic, Henderson denied putting money before morals by moving to Saudi Arabia and confronted the outrage his decision had sparked among the LGBTQ+ community, proclaiming: Im sorry that they feel like that.
The 33-year-old also said he would not have left Liverpool and would have stayed to fight for his place if Jurgen Klopp or owners Fenway Sports Group had urged him to do so, adding: At no point did I feel wanted by the club.
The man who captained the Anfield side to their first Premier League title and first English championship for 30 years as well as their sixth European Cup triumph, said: People will see this club come with loads of money and hes just gone, Yeah, Im going. When in reality that just wasnt the case at all. People can believe me or not, but in my life and my career, money has never been a motivation. Ever. Dont get me wrong, when you move, the business deal has to be tight. You have to have financials, you have to feel wanted, you have to feel valued. And money is a part of that. But that wasnt the sole reason. And these possibilities came up before money was even mentioned.