Steven Gerrard Insists Aston Villa Job Is Not A ‘Stepping Stone’ Back To Liverpool

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Steven Gerrard has dismissed suggestions that he sees the Aston Villa job as a stepping stone to the Liverpool manager’s post, saying he would prefer Jürgen Klopp to stay in his current position indefinitely.

Gerrard made a point of insisting that his new employers be the center of talk in his first press conference since leaving Rangers to succeed Dean Smith at Villa Park last week. But the subject of Liverpool, a club he previously said would be a “dream” to manage after spending nearly three decades there as a player and academy coach, was bound to come up, and he sought to remove himself from any notion that his long-term ambitions lie there.

“Very unfair,” he said of the perception that he merely sees Villa as a stop on the road. “You’ll never hear me say it’s a stepping stone. I’m really honoured and proud to be in this position, I’m all in and I’ll give this job everything it needs to be a success. I’ll be 100% committed.

“I don’t think there’s anything wrong in football with having dreams and aspirations. But Liverpool have a world-class coach that they’re very happy with and if he was to sign a lifetime deal I would be very happy for them and him.”

source : guardian sport

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