Exclusive: 'Fairy tales very rarely exist in football' - Former Liverpool forward on Steven Gerrard's chances of replacing Jurgen Klopp 🪄
Steven Gerrard won his first game as Aston Villa boss and attention has turned to what he needs to do to be a success and ultimately land his dream job at Anfield
[Steven Gerrard celebrates on his first game as Aston Villa’s manager]
No matter what Steven Gerrard says or does, he will forever be linked with an eventual Anfield return as a manager and especially as long as the results are going his way.
There’s no way that you can become a Premier League manager and hold off in the hope of another job that may never come and it is clear that the former Liverpool captain will be 100% committed to Aston Villa.
However, he will remain in the limelight with every win or loss and meeting Jurgen Klopp on Merseyside in December will be a media fanfare.
We all know the reason for this, his love and dedication for the club that he used to support as a child and became a legend for as a man.
In the Premier League era, he is the club’s second top appearance holder and second top goal scorer and his impact on every game he played in is near immeasurable due to the sheer impact he had on the whole team.
The fact that he bowed out without the illusive Premier League title he so craved means he will forever have unfinished business with the club, unless he gets the chance to guide them to the trophy as a manager.
[Steven Gerrard after his final game for Liverpool in 2015]
Ever since he took the job as Under-18 coach and then the move to Rangers, it’s felt like he’s on a collision course with destiny and now former Liverpool forward Stan Collymore has had his say on what he needs to achieve to get his dream job.
Speaking exclusively with Empire of the Kop, the 50-year-old said: “For a champion, for a born-winner, he wants to go as high as he can and we know that the journey may be Liverpool.
“It may not, we don’t know, and if he does go to Liverpool it might end up like Frank Lampard where he goes in and spends £250 million and the next guy gets the benefit of it.
“Fairy tales very rarely exist in football but in terms of Aston Villa, he’s absolutely the right man, for the right job, at the right time to go from Rangers Football Club to Aston Villa Football Club.
“Steven now needs to do it in the Premier League, it’s that simple”.
[Steven Gerrard speaks with the media after his first Aston Villa game]
There wasn’t much more that Gerrard could have done on his first appearance as Aston Villa boss, to get a win and a clean sheet was a massive boost for him and his new club.
The job is now to keep his side out of the relegation places and hope to add some of his players into the mix in January, with the long-term goal of top-half finishes and pushing for Europe.
Those goals are on ice for now but the 41-year-old knows he needs relative success if he wants to succeed Jurgen Klopp at Anfield.
For now, it’s a waiting game.
There are so many supporters who want to see him succeed and get his chance to win the Premier League again, fingers crossed for a positive spell in the Midlands and that his date with destiny comes soon enough.
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