Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard is reportedly set to become the new manager of Al-Ettifaq in Saudi Arabia. The 43-year-old has been out of work since he was sacked by Aston Villa in October 2022. According to journalist Romain Molina, Gerrard has arrived in Saudi Arabia to take up the new role. Al-Ettifaq finished in seventh place out of 16 teams in the last season.
Gerrard could become the latest big name to move to Saudi Arabia, with Cristiano Ronaldo having joined Al-Nassr in January. Karim Benzema has also left Real Madrid for Al-Ittihad, and there are reports that Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante could follow suit. Al-Hilal attempted to sign Lionel Messi, but he opted to join Inter Miami instead.
During his time at Aston Villa, Gerrard won 13, drew eight, and lost 19 of his 40 matches in charge. Prior to that, he won the Scottish Premiership title with Rangers in the 2020-21 season.
Gerrard was recently linked with the vacant manager position at Leicester City, following their relegation to the Championship. However, it appears that the former Liverpool captain has opted for a move to Saudi Arabia instead.
The majority of Gerrard’s playing career was spent at Liverpool, where he made over 700 appearances. He returned to Liverpool to start his coaching career with the club’s youth teams.
If Gerrard is appointed as the new manager of Al-Ettifaq, he will be tasked with improving the team’s performances in the upcoming season. The Liverpool legend will hope to make a positive impact and potentially lead the team to success in the near future.