The former Liverpool captain is ready to leave Saudi Arabia, just half a season after his high-profile move to Al Ettifaq last summer.
The 33-year-old England international's £12m transfer to the Saudi Pro League caused controversy both for the manner of his exit from Liverpool after 12 years and the choice of his destination.
Previously a prominent advocate from within men's football for LGBT+ rights, Henderson's decision to play in Saudi Arabia – where homosexuality is illegal – led to allegations that he had sold out his principles for a payday.
In a now infamous interview with The Athletic, Henderson insisted the challenge of developing football in Saudi Arabia was what attracted him to the project. However, according to a number of recent stories, the midfielder has struggled to settle to the lifestyle in the Middle East.
Henderson's family are said to be based in the neighbouring island country of Bahrain rather than the Saudi city of Dammam where Al Ettifaq play.
Meanwhile, on the pitch, Al Ettifaq are in poor form and have not won a game since October.
The Steven Gerrard-managed side have reportedly averaged gates of just 7,800 so far in 2023/24 – with some matchday crowds lower than 1,000.
According to talkSPORT, Henderson is 'desperate' to return to Europe, but has yet to hand in an official transfer request.
The report claims that Henderson has offered himself to German league leaders Bayer Leverkusen – managed by former Red Xabi Alonso – and Bayern Munich, who are known to be looking for a 'number six' in January.
In addition, it is claimed that Henderson's name has been 'circulated' to 'virtually every' side in the English top flight, as well as Juventus.
As well as his unhappiness with the football and lifestyle, talkSPORT say that Henderson is also being motivated by a fear of being left out of Gareth Southgate's Euro 2024 squad this summer.
What next for Henderson?
The report claims that Al Ettifaq have no intention of selling the midfielder who signed a two-year deal last summer. However, the Times Paul Joyce writes that “it would be unlikely a departure would be blocked if the player made clear he wanted to leave.”
Meanwhile, The Athletic claims that Henderson is 'exploring options' but that nothing is currently lined up.
Interestingly, it has also been suggested that the former Liverpool number 14 – who earns around £350k a week – could face a massive tax bill were he to return to the UK.
Addressing the rumours over his former captain's future, Klopp played down talk that Henderson could be offered a return to Anfield after the Reds' win over Arsenal.
"Did Hendo have a press conference and say [he wants to leave] or what?" Klopp said. "So it is just written?
"That means for me it is not existing. He hasn't called me. We spoke actually but not about that but I really have nothing to say about that."
Liverpool reportedly have a 'healthy' sell-on clause if Henderson is sold.