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Al-Ettifaq boss Gerrard celebrates Saudi National Day in traditional dress



STEVEN GERRARD celebrated Saudi National day by donning traditional clothes to fully embrace his new life as manager of Al-Ettifaq.

The Liverpool legend moved to the Middle East this summer.

The Liverpool legend is manager of Al-Ettifaq

And he ended up signing a host of former Premier League stars like Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum and Demarai Gray.

Jesse Lingard could be the next to join after linking up with Al-Ettifaq for the next month on a training basis.

But the ex-Man United star may not be required just yet, with Gerrard’s new side starting the campaign with five wins from seven matches.


And the Mersey icon showed he’s settling into his new life after celebrating Saudi National day.

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He donned a scarf bearing the colours of his adopted home country on top of a traditional white thawb.

And Gerrard completed the look with an Arab headdress known as a keffiyeh.

The former England star flashed a smile and a thumbs-up as he posed for cameras.

Gerrard even toasted the occasion with a traditional cup of tea.


Gerrard has won five of his opening seven games this season
The England icon is settling into life in the Middle East

Fans were loving Gerrard’s new look, with one saying: “My captain my sheikh.”

Another declared: “Love to see him embracing the culture.”


One noted: “Sheikh Steven Al-Gerrard.”

Another added: “The legend looks amazing on National day.”

Gerrard’s celebrations come after he admitted his regret over leaving Liverpool for LA Galaxy in 2015 – just months before the arrival of Jurgen Klopp.

He said: “I was devastated. I obviously made a decision not to sign a year extension to go to America.

“Whereas if I’d took the extension, I might have got six months under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp.

“But obviously being under Brendan Rodgers’ management at the time, I was getting told my game time was going to get less and less.

“I didn’t want to be a sub for Liverpool, I didn’t want to be a squad player, I still felt that I was the best midfielder there at the time.

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“But in hindsight, if I’d have known what was going to come off, 100 per cent I would have signed extension.

“And I’d have put up with four to five months of Rodgers to get six months of Klopp, for sure.”

Source: The Sun

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