From Al-Ahli to Al Ettifaq: Firmino’s Next Chapter?
Roberto Firmino, the former Liverpool ace, is reportedly weighing up his options for a move within the Saudi Pro League, with Al Ettifaq emerging as a potential destination. This speculation arises despite Firmino’s recent transition to Al-Ahli, a move that took place last summer. As the January transfer window looms, it appears a return to the Premier League is off the cards for the 32-year-old Brazilian, despite whispers of interest from Sheffield United.
Reunion with Gerrard on the Cards?
Should Firmino opt for Al Ettifaq, it would mark a significant reunion with his ex-Liverpool colleague Steven Gerrard, who now helms the managerial reins at the Saudi club. This move could see Firmino following in the footsteps of other former Reds such as Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson, who have also made the switch to the Middle Eastern league. Currently positioned eighth in the standings, Al Ettifaq is in a dry spell, having not secured a win since October.
A Tough Spell in the Middle East for Firmino
Life in the Saudi Pro League has not been a bed of roses for Firmino since his departure from Liverpool. Reports indicate that Al-Ahli may be amenable to parting ways with the forward during the winter transfer window. During his illustrious stint with Liverpool, Firmino notched up 111 goals and 79 assists across 362 appearances, playing a pivotal role in the club’s success, which saw them clinch the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League titles.