Gerrard willing to sacrifice liverpool fame
- Aim for three points at Anfield.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard will on Saturday be leading his team at Aston villa into a premier league match against liverpool.
Gerrard has said he is willing to sacrifice his popularity at Liverpool to earn a win against the club for his new team on Saturday.
The Aston villa boss, played 710 games and scored 186 goals in a 17-year career at Anfield.
Since taking over in November, he has won three out of four matches and will be aiming for a fourth win in five games when the two sides meet.
“If I’m on the bus heading back down the M6 towards Birmingham and I’m not the most popular at Anfield, so be it,” said Gerrard.
The former Liverpool captain helped the Reds to a memorable Champions League triumph in 2005 and he also won two FA Cups, three League Cups and the Uefa Cup with the Merseyside club.
After retiring as a player, the former England skipper coached Liverpool’s youth academy and then managed their Under-18 team during the 2017-18 season before taking charge at Scottish club Rangers.
Gerrard replaced Dean Smith at Villa last month and, after nine points from 12, has lifted the Midlands side from 16th to 10th in the Premier League.
“The noise is for other people to get excited about, for me it’s about preparing the team in the best way I can to try and get a positive result for Aston Villa,” Gerrard said about his return to Anfield.
“Everyone in that stadium who know me well enough, know what I’m about and what I’m going to Anfield for.
“I’m going back to a club where I spent many years and it brings a smile to my face for a couple of reasons.
“One, I’ve got a good relationship with a lot of people at the club. I had a fantastic time there, a really good journey, I’m a local boy.
“It was the team I supported growing up and I will always support that team.
“But at the same time it brings a smile to my face because I’ve got the opportunity to go there and compete against a good team and a good manager and try to win the game. That’s my only focus.”
Gerrard takes his side to Anfield with Jurgen Klopp’s team second in the Premier League after four successive top-flight wins.
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