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Jordan Henderson made his Ajax debut on Saturday as the Dutch giants held Eredivisie leaders PSV Eindhoven to a 1-1 draw at the Johan Cruijff ArenA.

Jordan Henderson made his return to European football on Saturday as he played the entire 90 minutes on his Ajax debut against PSV Eindhoven. The 33-year-old completed a switch to Ajax from Saudi Arabian side Al-Ettifaq during the January transfer window.

After leaving Liverpool for Al-Ettifaq in a controversial $15m (£12m/€14m) move, Henderson made 19 appearances for the Saudi club. However, after just six months, he decided to end his spell due to difficulties settling in the Middle East.

During his stint in Saudi Arabia, it was often pointed out that the crowds were much smaller than what he was used to in the Premier League. His biggest crowd was at an away game against Al-Nassr, where 23,774 spectators saw Al-Ettifaq lose 3-1 to a team featuring Cristiano Ronaldo and Sadio Mané. This was the only time Henderson played in front of more than 15,000 fans in Saudi Arabia.

Al-Ettifaq, in several of their games, played in front of less than 1,000 fans. Their lowest attendance record this season was a mere 610 during an away match at Al-Fayha. In contrast, a whopping 53,744 supporters saw Henderson debut for Ajax against PSV. The match ended 1-1 and was the largest crowd he’s played in front of at club level since his last appearance at Anfield against Aston Villa in May.

Following his debut, Henderson admired the atmosphere in the Johan Cruijff ArenA!. Having spent 12 years playing at Liverpool’s Anfield, his remarks left one reporter astounded, especially considering the small crowds at his games in Saudi Arabia.

“I thought the atmosphere was amazing from the start to the finish,” he shared, as per BBC Sport. “Really helped the lads I think to keep pushing and trying to find that winner.”
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Surprised by his reaction, the interviewer asked: “Wait, you are used to Anfield, you are used to and then you say the first thing you say is ‘Wow, the atmosphere here!’?”
Henderson, amused by the query, replied: “Yeah, it was incredible. I’ve heard the atmosphere’s really good. Especially against PSV and teams like this. But yeah, it was really good atmosphere, really special. It was a long time since I played in an atmosphere like that, so I really enjoyed that.”
Liverpool.com says: Henderson will be eager to get back to enjoying his football with Ajax after the ill-fated spell in Saudi Arabia, and playing in front of big crowds will help that. He will certainly make a difference to the Dutch giants as it bids to climb back into the European places after a slow start.

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