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Steven Gerrard wants Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson as first signing after becoming Al Ettifaq manager

Steven Gerrard wants Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson as first signing after becoming Al Ettifaq manager

Steven Gerrard's two top transfer targets have been revealed after he took the reins at Al Ettifaq.

Steven Gerrard wants to make two huge signings after being officially confirmed as the new Al Ettifaq manager.

Gerrard has returned to the dugout after being sacked by Aston Villa back in October, having previously turned down the approach from the Saudi Pro League club after a visit to the Middle East in June.

However, talks resumed and Gerrard has elected to take the position, signing a two-year contract with the Dammam outfit.

A plethora of high-profile names have been lured to Saudi in recent times, including the likes of Karim Benzema, N'Golo Kante and Ruben Neves.

And a fresh report from the Daily Mail claims Gerrard is targeting Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson and Chelsea flop Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in an ambitious double swoop.

Henderson of course played with Gerrard at Liverpool before replacing him as captain when he left for LA Galaxy.

The 33-year-old is still under contract until 2025 and it would be quite the surprise to see him move to Saudi after 12 trophy-laden years at Liverpool.

Image: Getty
Image: Getty

In the case of Aubameyang, he would appear much more likely to sign for a side in the Middle East coming off the back of a dismal season where he scored just three times in 21 appearances for Chelsea.

A trio of Blues players have already made the switch to Saudi, with N'Golo Kante, Kalidou Koulibaly and Edouard Mendy all being moved on.

Hakim Ziyech looked set to sign for Cristiano Ronaldo's Al Nassr until the deal collapsed when a knee problem was uncovered in his medical.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Elsewhere, Philippe Coutinho, another one of Gerrard's former colleagues, has also been linked with reuniting with him after playing under him at Villa.

Gerrard's arrival was confirmed on Monday, with the former England captain even trying his hand at speaking Arabic when he filmed a video, saying: "I am Steven Gerrard. I am an Ettifaqi. See you soon.”

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Topics: Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Saudi Pro League