Big day for ex-Gers boss

Kop hero Gerrard happy to play the villain at Anfield

Steven Gerrard

Title: Steven Gerrard (pic: SNS Group)

Steven Gerrard will make an emotional return to Anfield this weekend ‘happy to play the villain’ as he hopes to see his Aston Villa side cause an upset.

At the start of the season, the prospect of Gerrard leaving newly-crowned Scottish champions Rangers within months seemed unlikely.

He had just guided the Glasgow club to its 55th league title, stopping Celtic’s bid for 10-in-a-row in its tracks.

However, the speed at which Gerrard left Ibrox after Aston Villa’s interest became known suggested he didn’t take much persuading, with him believing it was mission accomplished in Govan.

Many observers thought the 41-year-old’s first job in management in England would be at Liverpool, the club where he spent 17 glorious years, making 710 appearances and scoring 186 goals.

The opportunity to work in the Premier League with Villa, though, proved too tempting to ignore and he has made an instant impact, winning three out of four matches and hauling the Midlands club into tenth place in the table in the process.

There’s no doubt one of the fixtures he will have viewed with particular excitement is the clash with Liverpool and the chance to savour the atmosphere of Anfield from the opposition dug-out.

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