Steven Gerrard delivers Liverpool promise to Aston Villa despite Jurgen Klopp dream
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Steven Gerrard has played down suggestions that taking the Aston Villa job is merely a stepping stone to his dream role as Liverpool boss. Villa’s appointment of the former midfielder has created excitement throughout the Premier League and he has made it clear he is in for the long haul at Villa Park.
Having won the Scottish Premiership at Ibrox last season to wreck rivals Celtic’s hopes of winning 10 titles in a row, Gerrard’s reputation has soared.
He also claimed European scalps such as Benfica, Galatasaray and Feyenoord alongside his domestic success and attracted the interest of Villa as they appointed him their new boss after sacking Dean Smith.
Boasting a huge profile in the game due to his legendary status for Liverpool and England, the nation will be waiting to see how he fares in Birmingham.
Gerrard is considered one of the best young English managers in the game at the moment and comes into his new job at a time where there is plenty of speculation he could move to Liverpool in the future to replace Jurgen Klopp.
Coincidentally, Gerrard’s Villa deal runs until 2024 – the same time as when Klopp’s contract at Liverpool ends.
Gerrard will face his former club next month at Anfield and has moved to quash any rumours he has his eyes set on the job.
Speaking about the match, he also insisted he will have no divided loyalties.
“I don’t think me or anyone else will be able to control the noise,” Gerrard told Villa TV.
“For me, that’s not important. What’s important is to go to Anfield and try to take maximum points, which is the attitude and the mentality we’ll have going into every game.
“It is what it is. I want to win every game that I play in and now my priority, my focus, and everything I give on a daily basis, will be for Aston Villa.
“One thing I can guarantee the supporters, the players and all the staff here is that when I commit to something, I’m all in.”
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The Reds legend admitted earlier this year that he would one day love to manage the club but claimed there’s no guarantee he’ll be good enough to replace Klopp.
“Liverpool is my club,” he said. “I had a great journey. Is it a dream for me to one day be the Liverpool manager? Yes, it is, but not yet and who’s to say I’ll ever be good enough.”
Gerrard will take charge of his first Villa game against Brighton on Saturday and will hope to end their nightmare run of five straight defeats that has left them in 16th and hoovering above the relegation zone.
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