Former Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard has been hired as the head coach of Saudi Pro League club Al-Ettifaq.

In June, the 43-year-old stated he had been invited to the country to “look at a potential offer” but that he would not be accepting it.

Gerrard’s arrival “will without a doubt be an addition and a quantum leap to our league,” said the club’s chairman, Khalid Al-Dabal.

Gerrard has committed to the Saudi club for a minimum of two years.

Last year, Al-Ettifaq finished 35 points behind the league champions, Al-Ittihad, in the Saudi Pro League’s 16-team standings.

Gerrard has been unemployed since he was fired as manager of Aston Villa in October of last year.

Several elite European players, including Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo, have moved to the Middle East this summer, and the former England midfielder is the latest to join them with his move to Saudi Arabia.

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Inter Milan’s Marcelo Brozovic to Al-Nassr is the most recent transfer to Saudi Arabia, joining the likes of former Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves, and Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Edouard Mendy.

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This development underscores the league’s aspiration to be among the top five in the world and follows the June decision by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF), owner of Newcastle United, to acquire four of the country’s leading clubs. Those nightclubs are not frequented by Al-Ettifaq.

After retiring as a player in 2016, Gerrard took over as manager of Scottish team Rangers.

He took over the Ibrox club in 2018, and in 2020–21, they won the Scottish Premiership for the first time in a decade.

The next November, Gerrard took over as manager at Villa, although he lasted only 40 games until he resigned.

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