Gerrard made his entry into Al-Ettifaq in July 2023 after departing from Aston Villa in October 2022. Since his arrival, the team has faced challenges in maintaining consistency, enduring a winless streak of eight matches and currently holding the eighth position with 25 points from 19 matches. Additionally, Henderson’s imminent departure will leave a void in the midfield. However, with the SPL on hiatus due to the ongoing AFC Asian Cup, Gerrard has an opportunity to find a suitable replacement for the seasoned midfielder.
Before managing Aston Villa, Gerrard enjoyed a successful three-year tenure with Rangers, leading them to victory in the Scottish Premiership during the 2020-21 season. Despite initial reservations about the Saudi Arabia role, Gerrard eventually embraced the offer.
While reports suggest Henderson is undergoing a medical at Ajax in Amsterdam for an anticipated move, Gerrard remains in Dammam, strategizing a turnaround plan for their return to SPL action on February 15 against Al-Khaleej.