Liverpool Legends Who Moved to Saudi Arabia Spotted During Reds Clash vs Newcastle

Liverpool Legends Who Moved to Saudi Arabia Spotted During Reds Clash vs Newcastle

Rene Otinga
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Liverpool comprehensively beat Newcastle United 4-2 on Monday, January 1
  • Amongst the fans was a pair of former Liverpool stars
  • The pair moved to the Saudi Pro League after leaving Anfield

Two former Liverpool players graced fans with their presence at Anfield on Monday, January 1, as the Reds took on Newcastle United in a Premier League cracker.

Roberto Firmino and his Brazilian counterpart Fabinho were spotted at Liverpool’s home stadium months after they departed the club for the Saudi Pro League.

The pair are only two of several players Jurgen Klopp lost in the summer of 2023, with the other midfield departure being Jordan Henderson, who moved to Al Ettifaq.

Firmino and Fabinho were at Anfield on Monday, January 1
Fabinho and Roberto Firmino watching from the stands during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Newcastle United Photo by Andrew Powell.
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In a video shared by Liverpool on their official X handle, Firmino and Fabinho can be seen interacting with their former teammate Thiago prior to the Newcastle game.

Fabinho is also seen donning a red umbrella on the touchline, to the delight of Liverpool fans.

Where did Firmino and Fabinho go?

After departing Liverpool, Firmino joined Al Ahli in the Saudi Pro League, with Fabinho becoming his rival in the Middle East after signing for Al-Ittihad.

Both players are enjoying a month-long break before their league resumes action.

From a league table standpoint, Firmino is enjoying a better season than Fabinho, as Al Ahli sit in third place on the log, behind Al Hilal in first and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr. Al Ittihad are seventh with 28 points, according to

Since their departures, Liverpool have had to sign replacements, and Klopp now has a new-look midfield comprising summer signings Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai and Wataru Endo

How the game went

Liverpool proved too strong for Newcastle on Monday, as goals from Mohamed Salah, Curtis Jones, and Cody Gakpo ensured the Reds went three points clear at the top and five above reigning champions Manchester City.

Focus will briefly shift to the FA Cup as Liverpool prepare to take on Arsenal in a third-round clash on Sunday, January 7.

Jurgen Klopp on De Bruyne

Sports Brief also reported on Jurgen Klopp’s take on Kevin de Bruyne amid the Belgian’s potential return from injury.

Despite enjoying a healthy lead at the top of the table, Klopp refuses to get comfortable, especially with Manchester City’s recent history of making remarkable comebacks to win the league.

While reiterating that Liverpool were yet to win anything, Klopp emphasized the need to stay focused since a lead at the table can slip in a matter of weeks.

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and