Gerrard involved in heated altercation in first game as Al Ettifaq manager

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    Steven Gerrard has been involved in a heated discussion at half-time during his first competitive match as Al-Ettifaq boss.

    Gerrard was in the technical area in Saudi Arabia, as he oversaw his side clash with Cristiano Ronaldo's Al-Nassr. Ronaldo wasn't part of proceedings on Monday evening – but he did face former Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane.

    And after Mane fired Al-Nassr ahead, just after the three minute mark, Al-Ettifaq had to grow into the game. However, as the two sides made their way off at half-time, Gerrard was seen in a heated discussion with Al-Nassr boss Luis Castro.

    It's unclear what the duo were disagreeing about, but fans were quick to spot the pair in a heated discussion as they made their way down the tunnel.

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    Al-Ettifaq found themsleves a goal down when the pair entered into their disagreement, with Al-Nassr finding the net with well-worked goal – finished off by Mane.

    Liverpool fans were left conflicted, seeing their former hero find the back of the net against Gerrard and Jordan Henderson.

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    Gerrard was confirmed as the side's new boss over the summer. "Without a doubt, Gerrard's presence will be an addition and a quantum leap to our league," said Khalid Al-Dabal, the club's chairman.

    And he's wasted no time in bringing some familiar faces to the Middle East – including Jordan Henderson. Both ex-Liverpool captains have been criticised for their decision to move to Saudi Arabia.

    However, Gerrard recently defended the move: "First of all, I’ve only got positive things to say about your country, which is now a big part of my life. It’s an honour to be here, to have and be part of a different culture.

    "I’m really looking forward to being here and my family are due to come over in the coming days. As a family and personally, we’re so excited for the challenge in front of us."

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