Steven Gerrard Full of Sadness As Ex Liverpool Players Reunite in Saudi Arabia

Steven Gerrard Full of Sadness As Ex Liverpool Players Reunite in Saudi Arabia

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at November 28, 2023 at 10:02 AM
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  • Steven Gerard is not feeling pleased with Al Ettifaq’s draw with Al Ittihad
  • Gerrard’s team played out an entertaining 1-1 draw on Friday with the Saudi champions
  • The game also marked the reunion of four ex-Liverpool players

Steven Gerrard has confessed there was a gloomy feeling within his players following Al Ettifaq’s draw with reigning Saudi Arabian league champions Al Ittihad on Friday.

Al Ettifaq threw away a 1-0 lead at home to the reigning champions, with former Liverpool midfielder Fabinho assisting Abderrazak Hamdallah for the crucial equaliser in the second half.

Liverpool, Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, Steven Gerrard
Ex-Liverpool midfielders Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum reunited in a recent Saudi Pro League game. Photo credit Saudi Foot
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According to the Daily Mirror, Gerrard felt gutted with just a point, admitting that the dressing room was full of sadness, which was evident on the faces of his players because of the draw.

"We're disappointed with the result, we were closer to getting the three points. The dressing room was full of sadness on my players' faces because of the draw."

The draw against Al Ittihad leaves Gerrard’s team seventh on the league standings with 23 points from 14 games played so far this season, 15 points behind league leaders Al Hilal.

Ex-Liverpool stars reunite in Saudi

Meanwhile, the game between Al Ettifaq and Al Ittihad marked the reunion of former Liverpool midfielders Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum alongside Steven Gerrard, Liverpool Echo reports.

The reunion of Wijnaldum and Henderson who now play for Al Ettifaq, and Fabinho who represents Al Ittihad, marked a significant moment for the trio since their move to Saudi Arabia in the summer.

Henderson remained upbeat after the game, posting a selfie on social media with Fabinho and Wijnaldum. Along with it, the ex-Liverpool captain wrote, "Reunited," and added a smiling emoji and a red love heart.

Gerrard becomes 4th highest-paid manager

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Steven Gerrard is the fourth highest-paid manager in the world after becoming head coach of Saudi Pro League outfit Al Ettifaq.

The Liverpool legend initially rejected an offer from the Saudi side but agreed to a three-year after travelling to the Middle Eastern country earlier this month.

The 2005 Champions League winner with Liverpool gets a mouth-watering £15.2m a year as Al-Ettifaq’s new manager.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..