New Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard has revealed that there will be no sentimentality when he comes up against his hometown club Liverpool. Aston Villa will be feeling confident heading into this match after beating Leicester, coached by Gerrard’s former gaffer Brendan Rodgers. Sports betting fans will be putting their money on Liverpool to win it, but Aston Villa will be ready to prove a point. It will also be an interesting match for soccer bettors as it could have a surprise result. In regard to English Premier League bettors, online betting options are available all over the world starting in Asia with Thai Betting sites, Europe Africa and America.
This will be the first time that Steven Gerrard will face Liverpool as a manager. He will lead his Aston Villa troops to Anfield on Saturday in what will undoubtedly be an emotional return for the former Liverpool captain.
Gerrard has started his managerial stint at Aston Villa remarkably. He has registered three wins out of four. Their notable match was when they faced Manchester City. They pushed the game to the dying moments.
However, his return to Liverpool will prove to be his toughest test yet. It is also not the best time to come up against Liverpool as The Reds are in the form of their life. Klopp’s men have been in brilliant form this season and don’t like they are slowing down soon.
There Will Be No Sentimentality
After the victory against Leicester City, Gerrard was asked whether there would be sentimentality when he takes Villa to Anfield. The Villa boss reiterated that there would be no sentimentality.
He added that his objective on Saturday would be to win the match and take whatever they can from the game. However, he was quick to note that Liverpool and Aston Villa are on different levels and were not direct competitors.
Nonetheless, he assured Villa fans that they would go to Anfield and give their all. He also said that his team would approach the match with confidence and belief. After three wins in four, Villa have the momentum to give Liverpool a run for their money.
Liverpool Should Be Worried
Gerrard has stamped his authority at Aston Villa as he pushes his players to perform well in the field. He has even influenced his players’ diets prohibiting ketchup at the club’s training ground.
The former Liverpool man is also said to be a demanding task manager. He has transformed Aston Villa into a mean and clinical team. For example, match statistics show that Villa face fewer shots and are more clinical with their goal attempts under Gerrard.
In this regard, Villa will head to Anfield to collect points. They will be hoping that their prolific finisher Ezri Konsa continues his goal-scoring prowess. On the other side of the pitch, they will also be hoping that goalkeeper Martinez continues his fine form.
The summer addition, like Emiliano Buendia, has also improved under Gerrard. Other players that Villa will be expecting to be at their best include Marvelous Nakamba, Carney Chukuemeka, and Jacob Ramsey.