Later News Nov 11

Liverpool hero Steven Gerrard looks set to become a Villan


The man who almost single-handedly prevented Liverpool from fading into obscurity in the 2000s, Steven Gerrard, is close to making his long-awaited return to the English Premier League (EPL) – but this time, as the manager of Aston Villa.

 

Widely regarded as possibly the EPL’s greatest-ever player to have never won the title, Gerrard is expected to join the Villans – who fired former boss Dean Smith earlier this week – as their new manager in the coming days.

 

Gerrard, 41, retired as a player in 2016 and went into management two years later when he took charge of Rangers. 

 

WATCH: Gerrard's Rangers revolution

 

There, he was able to banish the ghost of Demba Ba and win his first domestic league championship in style, as he led the Gers to their first Scottish Premiership title in a decade without losing a single game.

 

Gerrard’s success at Rangers has led to several Liverpool fans dreaming of the day that their former captain takes over from Jurgen Klopp as manager of the Reds.

 

But it appears that Gerrard’s first foray into the EPL will be at Villa, who are reportedly willing to pay Rangers £3 million (S$5.45m) in compensation to land the ex-England international on a long-term deal.

 

And it looks like Liverpool fans on social media are conflicted about the impending appointment of Gerrard as Villa manager…

 

But Gerrard’s one-time teammate turned semi-reliable Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher believes it will be a “great move”, as he said: “If he got offered the Aston Villa job, I don't think there'd be many jobs in the Premier League which he would get offered better than that. 

 

WATCH: Gerrard reacts to winning SPL title with Rangers

 

“People talk about Liverpool, and that might be another two or three years with Jurgen Klopp but you're not going to get any better jobs, so it would be a decision for him.

 

“I think Aston Villa as a club would be a great move for Gerrard. But the situation he finds himself in right now is that he took the title away from Celtic last season, and he's in a great position to win it again. I think in a perfect world you'd want to stay at Rangers to the end of the season and come away from there with two titles.”

 

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