Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has extended his deal at Al Ettifaq, which could come as surprising news for some.
This is according to the reliable David Ornstein, who states that the former Reds skipper has extended his contract by two additional years.
The former Liverpool footballer was fired by Premier League team Aston Villa in October 2022, and he then relocated to Saudi Arabia.
Gerrard has not enjoyed the best period with Al Ettifaq recently, with the Saudi club winless in their last nine games.
Additionally, it seems that Jordan Henderson has jumped ship, and with widespread reports pinning his next club as Ajax Amsterdam.
It took all of six months and 19 games to realize that the Saudi-Pro League was not for him.
Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard will have to continue without his right-hand man by his side.
Al Ettifaq are currently 8th in the 18-team league and have only managed six wins out of 19 league games.
The Dammam side are sticking to their guns regarding Gerrard though.
The club’s hierarchy ‘will continue to provide funds for the signing of players’, suggesting Gerrard may raid Anfield again.
He already took Jordan Henderson and ex-Red Gini Wijnaldum, and is apparently keen on two more of Liverpool’s ageing stars.
Al Ettifaq is not one of the clubs controlled by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.
Therefore, Gerrard will have an uphill battle competing against the endlessly resourced Al Ahli, Al Hilal, Al Ittihad and Al Nassr.
Gerrard’s new contract will now expire in 2027.
Al Ettifaq are next in action in the Saudi Pro League on 15 February, where they take on Al Khaleej away from home.
🚨 EXCL: Steven Gerrard agrees 2yr contract extension as Al Ettifaq head coach. Existing deal runs until 2025 – new terms to expire in 2027. Club hierarchy will continue commitment to provide funds for signing players + developing #AlEttifaq @TheAthleticFC https://t.co/TJAOlkRJEG
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) January 18, 2024