Jordan Henderson 'spotted' training at Liverpool after injury admission amid Ajax struggles

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Ex-Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has missed Ajax's last four games through injury -Credit:(Photo by Eddie Keogh - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

It has been a difficult year for Jordan Henderson since leaving Liverpool. The 33-year-old former captain decided it was time to move on last summer after not being given assurances by Jürgen Klopp over his future.

A controversial switch to Saudi Pro League side Al-Ettifaq followed as Henderson linked back up with ex-teammate Steven Gerrard. It was a move that didn't pay off with the midfielder's contract terminated after a matter of months in January, allowing him to complete a return with Ajax.

It was the fresh start that the England international needed as he bid to restore Ajax's fortunes on the pitch. But in his nine appearances for his new club, Henderson has enjoyed just one victory.

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After the recent international break, Ajax boss Johannes van’t Schip revealed that Henderson had suffered an injury and would be sidelined for a number of weeks. The ex-Reds skipper remained in England to continue his rehabilitation.

And the Daily Mail reports that Henderson used the opportunity to step up his fitness at Liverpool's AXA Training Centre. It is claimed that he was put through his paces during a one-on-one session.

It is unclear if he worked with any of the Liverpool medical staff but his return to Merseyside does show the positive relationship he still holds with his former club. The report states his presence delighted Liverpool's young academy players and their opponents.

Ajax is back in action against Excelsior on Wednesday night and it remains to be seen if Henderson will be involved. His side sits fifth in the Eredivisie table seven points adrift of the European places with just four games to go.

The midfielder will hope to prove his fitness in the final weeks of the season in a bid to make the England squad for Euro 2024. He was called up by Gareth Southgate for recent friendlies against Brazil and Belgium but did not feature, with this likely his last tournament opportunity. says: Henderson has had a difficult time since his Anfield exit and he may well regret his decision to leave, with his former teammates enjoying a fine season. But his career in a red shirt should not be forgotten and he is clearly still on good terms with Liverpool. He will hope to end his campaign on a high with a spot at the Euros.