Liverpool’s Staff Exodus Continues: Jonathan Robinson Joins Gerrard’s Al Ettifaq
Academy coach Jonathan Robinson’s recent move from Liverpool to join Steven Gerrard at Al Ettifaq marks a significant shift in the dynamics of Liverpool’s backroom staff. As reported by David Lynch in This is Anfield, Robinson’s departure ends a fruitful nine-year tenure with the Reds. He’s not just another coach; he’s a symbol of Liverpool’s nurturing prowess, having evolved through various roles since his arrival from Swansea City in 2014.
Robinson’s journey at Liverpool has been marked by versatility, from coaching the U16s to a stint as an analyst with the first team. His move to the Saudi Pro League is a bold step, seeking out new challenges and broadening his coaching horizon.
Gerrard’s Influence in Recruiting Liverpool Talent
Steven Gerrard’s role in this transition cannot be understated. Gerrard, a Liverpool legend himself, seems to have a keen eye for talent cultivated at his old club. Following the footsteps of analyst Ray Shearwood, Tommy Culshaw, and Jordan Milsom, Robinson becomes the latest to join Gerrard’s expanding Liverpool contingent at Al Ettifaq.
9 years of special people, memories that will last a lifetime and a club like no other… Thankyou to all the players, staff and everyone associated with the club for everything! YNWA ❤️ pic.twitter.com/WK32g9DRVN
— Jonathan Robinson (@jtrobbo92) November 13, 2023
Robinson’s heartfelt farewell – “Nine years of special people, memories that will last a lifetime and a club like no other… Thankyou to all the players, staff and everyone associated with the club for everything! YNWA” – echoes the sentiments of a man deeply embedded in the Liverpool ethos.
Analysing Liverpool’s Strategy Post-Departure
While the departure of a key staff member like Robinson might seem alarming, it also opens avenues for Liverpool to inject fresh ideas and approaches within their coaching ranks. It’s a testament to Liverpool’s success in nurturing talent not just on the field but off it as well.
Gerrard’s Ascent in Saudi Pro League
Steven Gerrard’s influence as Al-Ettifaq manager, highlighted by Lynch, cannot be overlooked. His tenure has seen the club secure notable victories and climb the ranks in the Saudi Pro League. Notably, Gerrard’s pull has extended to players as well, with the likes of Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum joining his squad, along with Demarai Gray and Moussa Dembele.