Steven Gerrard has slammed claims he’ll use the Aston Villa job as a stepping stone in direction of finally taking cost of his former membership Liverpool. Gerrard was employed as Villa boss final week after agreeing to depart Scottish champions Rangers. Premier League strugglers Villa host Brighton in Gerrard’s first match on Saturday and his emotional reunion with Liverpool comes at Anfield on December 11. The Liverpool legend has by no means hidden his ambition to handle the membership he captained to Champions League glory in 2005 and FA Cup success a yr later. But Gerrard is adamant his transfer to Villa Park after three and a half years in Glasgow was not motivated by taking one other step nearer to his Liverpool dream. “It’s very unfair to describe this as a stepping stone, you’ll by no means hear me say that,” Gerrard told reporters at his first Villa press conference on Thursday.
“I’m all-in and I will give this job all it needs to be successful.
“The opportunity to be back in the Premier League and the opportunity to be back close to my family are the two reasons this was right for me.
“I am 100 per cent committed and so are my staff. There is nothing wrong with having dreams and aspirations.”
While Gerrard was eager to distance himself from Anfield for now, he stays involved with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp after working with the Reds’ youth groups earlier than taking his first managerial job at Rangers.
“Liverpool have a world-class coach in Jurgen Klopp. If he was to signal a lifetime deal proper now I’d be very glad for him and them,” Gerrard said.
“I’ve been in touch with Jurgen since day one. We live in the same area and I bump into him when he’s walking his dogs.
“He sent me a message saying he was looking forward to a big hug on the side on December 11 and it’s something for me to look forward to as well.”
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Former England midfielder Gerrard has established his managerial credentials by main Rangers out of the doldrums to their first Scottish crown in 10 years — within the course of stopping arch rivals’ Celtic of their bid to win 10 successive titles.
That unbeaten league marketing campaign with the Glasgow membership, in addition to their relative success in European competitions beneath Gerrard, suggests he’s able to revitalising Villa.
The 41-year-old has changed Dean Smith at Villa Park after 5 successive defeats triggered his predecessor’s sacking.
Villa are simply two factors above the relegation zone and Gerrard is aware of he wants to spark an instantaneous upturn in outcomes.
“Long time period, the membership would love to be again on a European stage, I don’t assume now could be the fitting time to put any date on that,” he mentioned.
“For me more importantly, it is about focusing on the short-term, which is Brighton at the weekend. We need to start winning football matches again.”
He has already made his mark on the coaching floor by banning tomato ketchup.
“It was banned earlier than I had seen it!” Gerrard said.
“The players have to have the right mentality. Go above and beyond. They need to strive to be elite.”
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