Wijnaldum joins Gerrard's team!

Wijnaldum joins Gerrard's team!

Even at the beginning of September, when the transfer window in Europe is already closed, clubs from Saudi Arabia allow themselves high-profile transfers! For example, the transfer of Georginio Wijnaldum to Al-Ittifaq, who is coached by the well-known Steven Gerrard.

During his long career, Wijnaldum managed to play in his homeland for Feyenoord and PSV, from where, in transit through Newcastle, he moved to Liverpool, where he spent his most productive years. Under Jurgen Klopp, the Dutchman won the Premier League, the Champions League and the FA Cup, but after five years at Merseyside, he decided to try his hand at richer PSG.

There, Georginio had a pretty good 2021/22 season, but in the next campaign, he went on loan to Roma to José Mourinho. Apparently, in Paris they realized that the peak of the career of the midfielder had already passed. In Rome, Wijnaldum was seriously injured and was treated more than he played. Not surprisingly, the Giallorossi did not extend the loan.

And in the first rounds of Ligue 1, it became clear that Luis Enrique does not count on Wijnaldum either. So, in just two years, he turned from the key midfielder of the Netherlands national team into a complete reservist. However, the 32-year-old football player was lucky, as he was picked up by the Saudi Al-Ittifaq, and he also paid 8 million euros. As you can see, in the Middle East, they have learned to count money at least a little.

There is no doubt that Georginio will book a place in the starting line-up with another ex-Liverpool player Henderson as part of the Horses. And the living legend of the Merseysiders Steven Gerrard will try to mold something worthwhile out of the club entrusted to him, even if it will not be easy to impose competition on Al-Nassr with Ronaldo and Al-Hilal with Neymar. So far, Al-Ittifaq is more or less coping and after five rounds of the league season takes fifth place.

The club firmly believe that they will take their toll not so much with stellar performers as with interaction among former Liverpool players. In any case, Wijnaldum specifically made the right choice, otherwise his football career would have been in real danger.