Villa's Steven Gerrard vows to handle the emotion of Liverpool return
Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard promises to avoid ‘making it about him’ on emotional Liverpool return on Saturday after securing the third win in his first four matches
- Aston Villa have nine points from 12 available since Steven Gerrard took over
- The Liverpool legend now faces an emotional return to Anfield next Saturday
- But Gerrard has vowed to focus solely on getting Villa three points from the trip
Steven Gerrard has vowed to handle the emotion of his first game at Liverpool as an opposing manager after leading Aston Villa to their third win his first four matches.
Ezri Konsa scored twice as Villa fought back from Harvey Barnes’ opener to move in the top half of the table, above opponents Leicester on goal difference.
Now Gerrard will focus on Villa’s trip to Anfield on Saturday. Gerrard spent 17 years as a first-team player at Liverpool and is one of their greatest captains, yet he insists Villa will be his sole concern when they take on Jurgen Klopp’s team.
Steven Gerrard has promised to deal with the emotions of returning to Liverpool on Saturday
Gerrard’s Aston Villa side now face the Reds after their third win in four, a 2-1 win vs Leicester
The former England midfielder is an iconic figure at Liverpool after a superb career at Anfield
‘We’ll go to Anfield and try to make it as difficult as we can as we fight for every point available,’ said Gerrard. ‘In terms of the emotions, that’s for me deal to with.
‘It’s about the team and preparing them well to get a result. I will not make it about me. If others do, I can’t control that, but it’s about us going there with confidence and belief.’
Gerrard revealed he had to read the riot act to his team at the interval as he was unhappy with their first-half display.
Those comments came although they were denied the lead only because Jacob Ramsey’s effort in stoppage time was ruled out for a foul on Kasper Schmeichel.
Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers (centre) called his sides’ defence of set piece their ‘Achilles heel’
‘I had to demand a reaction,’ he said. ‘We can’t wait until half-time for me to get into them. We need to be better over the 90 minutes.
‘We weren’t at our best for the first 45 minutes, when we were quite passive and open. There are a lot of teething problems to iron out but I am delighted with the win. Nine points out of 12 is a big start.’
Brendan Rodgers was as frustrated as Gerrard as Leicester conceded from a set piece for the 10th time in the league this term.
He added: ‘Our Achilles heel is our defending at set pieces. It can sap the confidence out of the team but you have to do your job. It’s something we have to fix.’
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