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Report: Ajax stunned by what’s happened since they signed Jordan Henderson, they think it’s Liverpool fans

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Report: Ajax stunned by what’s happened since they signed Jordan Henderson, they think it’s Liverpool fans

 

 

Last weekend saw the return of former Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson to European football.

 

Having spent half-a-season out in the wilderness with Saudi Pro League side Al Ettifaq, Henderson was back on more familiar soil this Saturday. His Ajax debut saw the 33-year-old take on table-topping PSV Eindhoven at the Johan Cruyff Arena. Henderson played the full 90 minutes of a 1-1 draw.

 

 

For Ajax, it represented a big moment. The former Reds skipper’s arrival at the iconic Dutch club has seemingly been greeted with mass hysteria.

 

That’s according to a report from The Times, anyway. They claim that ‘some are saying’ that Henderson’s signing is the biggest in Dutch club football history. Pillows, duvets and mugs bearing the midfielder’s name have reportedly been flying off the shelves.

 

The level of excitement is described as ‘surreal’ with Henderson’s new No.6 shirt said to have been the fastest selling in the club’s history. Ajax themselves have reportedly been ‘taken aback’ by the international reach of the England international.

Seemingly, all of that excitement is not solely coming from Ajax fans, though. It’s claimed that the Amsterdammers themselves ‘suspect’ that there is still love lingering from Liverpool supporters. With shirt sales reportedly big in Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Singapore, Ajax apparently think that the Reds’ popularity in such countries is driving the sales.

 

Hendo-mania in Amsterdam

This really is quite surreal to read. Who would have thought that Henderson would generate such excitement at a club famed for playing luxurious, attractive football.

 

Of course, we don’t need telling about the qualities of Liverpool’s former No.14. He may have left behind a slightly complex web of emotions at Anfield, but Henderson will always be appreciated by Reds supporters.

 

Nevertheless, it’s hard to escape the fact that he’s always been seen as bit of a plodder. A far cry from some of the ‘total football’ Ajax are famed for, Henderson has earned a perhaps unfair reputation as a sideways and backwards passer of the ball.

 

But for whatever reason, the residents of his new home have taken to Hendo completely.

 

It possibly helps that they’re not having the best time of it on the field at the moment. Without some of the star names that have littered their history, Ajax are currently a little too heavily reliant on youth.

 

Henderson arrival should fix a little of that as he injects some much-needed experience into John van’t Schip’s side. Hopefully he doesn’t disappoint.

 

In terms of Henderson and Liverpool, it’s nice to hear that he still has his supporters within the fanbase.

 

Despite the way he left the club, Hendo will always be a Reds legend and in time that will perhaps become even clearer.

 

There will hopefully be a return to Anfield somewhere along the line for Henderson. But for now, we wish him all the best in his new endeavour. Let’s hope the excitement never fades away.

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