After 12 years at Anfield, Henderson has moved on and he has left his captain’s armband behind as he swapped Klopp’s Liverpool for Steven Gerrard’s Al Ettifaq.
The 33-year-old has already said his farewells and Klopp has now had his turn upon the confirmation of the deal, sending a message to Henderson after nearly eight years together.
Here is what Klopp had to say in full in his video message from Liverpool’s social accounts:
“Hi, skipper,” he starts. “We will miss you, you know that. You will miss us, I know that. But it’s life.
“It’s not forever, it is just a goodbye. It’s wishing good luck, you wished it to us and we wish it to you.
“We will follow you, you will follow us. I said in the beginning when I arrived here that life should be that we all collect together, and when we are together, we collect stories together.
“You are a legend. I know people say recently we use that word slightly too often, I can tell you, that it’s not in your case.“
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 27, 2023
“We make it our story. When you look back now already, I think you can’t avoid a smile – and I feel exactly the same.
“So, the longest-serving skipper for me, I always had long-serving skippers, [Sebastian] Kehl, seven years (at Dortmund), [Dimo] Wache, seven years and three months (at Mainz). You are seven years and eight or nine months, so you won that race as well!
“I will miss you. I will miss the talks we have, not always easy talks, but I wish you the best of luck.
“You, Becs and the kids, I wish you the best of luck for this journey.
“If nobody told you yet, I will tell you now. You are a legend.
“I know people say recently we use that word slightly too often, I can tell you, that it’s not in your case.
“All the best, skip. Speak soon, see you soon and I hope you find time to come back and we can say goodbye as a club properly because that’s what you deserve.
“Thank you, see you soon. And don’t forget, you’ll never walk alone.”
In a longer interview on the club’s website, Klopp praises: “This midfield Fabinho, Hendo, Gini & then Millie, these four for three positions, I think nobody would have said it would be a successful midfield because something is lacking – but nothing was lacking because the boys were all a real package.
“That’s what was so good and Hendo was a super-important part of that.
“Some great goals and now after he leaves, we will remember even the goals; there were maybe not exactly as many as there could have been, but some fantastic goals.
“One I will never forget was the one at Chelsea, it was a real screamer into the far corner.
“Top-class professional, top bloke and a really, really, really good player. That’s what you need to be if you want to play that long for Liverpool.