Steven Gerrard not auditioning for Liverpool job but could be embarrassed on return

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Steven Gerrard will be a bag of nerves going back to Anfield because his team could get embarrassed.

Gerrard has changed a lot at Aston Villa and got them pressing more, working harder and playing with high energy.

But they are very inconsistent and if they start against Liverpool like they did against Leicester it could get embarrassing.

Villa are playing a team here who can blow you away in a New York Minute and if they switch off at any point it could all be over very quickly.

Gerrard won’t think of this game as an audition for the Liverpool job. It’s a job that might not be available for years.

Jurgen Klopp has got that job as long as he wants unless things go very badly wrong in a big way.



Steven Gerrard is making his return to Anfield this weekend

But Gerrard will be a contender one day if he can have success with Villa – and he has a good squad with some good young players coming through.

He’ll want to bring in a few players in January. He needs another midfielder for me. John McGinn is a good player but he needs someone in there to help him run games.

Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings are a good pair up top but the problem comes when everyone is fit and Leon Bailey, Bertrand Traore, Trezeguet and Anwar El Ghazi all want to play.

I think they will cause Liverpool problems but I can’t see them getting anything from the game.

Gerrard is a Liverpool legend and he was my favourite player when I retired. I just thought he was different class.

How will Liverpool vs Aston Villa pan out? Let us know in the comments section.



Steven Gerrard is a Liverpool legend and widely viewed as a future manager

To carry a team like Liverpool, of that calibre, virtually on your own, was special. I would pay to watch him in his prime.

But is he up there with their all-time greats? That’s a hard one. People have short memories and forget how good those teams of the 70s and 80s were.

People say would they be able to play in today’s game, but turn that around and ask whether today’s players would have been able to play then?

Back then you could have two of the worst tackles you’ve ever seen on you and the guy wouldn’t even get booked.

Gerrard is Liverpool’s greatest player of the last 20 years easily. But he never won the Premier League and I think that’s a massive thing.

He’d be in my all-time Liverpool team. I’d have him in midfield with Graeme Souness. But they had so many great players, from Steve McMahon to Ronnie Wheland and Jan Molby.



Klopp will be going up against Jurgen Klopp on the touch line

So many great players won the title with Liverpool and because Gerrard didn’t it’s hard to put him up there as well.

But he’ll get a great reception at Anfield and he’ll be desperate for his team to do well there. I just think it’s going to be hard for them.

Liverpool have been blowing teams away lately and they’ve scored four goals in both of their last two home games in the league.

They look like they’re in the groove at Anfield and Villa are going to struggle if they can’t stay focused for 90 minutes.

Letting football fans drink alcohol in seats is dangerous idea

Letting fans drink in their seats again at football is a dangerous idea in my opinion.

More trouble is caused when people have had a drink and it’s a dangerous game they are playing here talking about allowing more alcohol at football.



Alcohol in the stands is being considered

I’m an alcoholic and I’ve seen the dangers. A lot of people don’t have that control. Yes, a lot of people can drink responsibly.

But it will cause more trouble if fans are allowed to drink beer in their seats. You can still have a drink at football when you’re not in your seat, why change it?

It’s been this way for a long time now. What are you missing? Seriously. I think of the stewards. You’re putting them in danger.

Look at what happened at Wembley for the Euro final when fans stormed the stadium. You’re risking your life trying to stop something like that if you’re a steward.

And it only happens when people have been drinking too much. When I was a kid, it was hostile at football and you had to weigh up whether to go at all, because of the crowd.

You don’t want it to go back to the old days, and please don’t tell me that it can’t go back like that, because it can.

‘Bored’ Jack Grealish needs to learn when to take players on

Jack Grealish looks bored at Manchester City.



BRUGGE, BELGIUM - OCTOBER 19: Pep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City reacts towards Jack Grealish of Manchester City during the UEFA Champions League group A match between Club Brugge KV and Manchester City at Jan Breydel Stadium on October 19, 2021 in Brugge, Belgium. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Jack Grealish looks bored

He’s a dribbler and he likes to take people on. When he was at Aston Villa he could do that whenever he likes. But at City it’s pass and move.

Now he’s getting the ball half as much and he’s chasing the game.

He’s a bit like a golfer who has bogeyed the first hole and thinks he has to Eagle the next one when you just have to keep hitting par and your opportunities will come.

Grealish was a massive fish in a little pond at Villa. But City are a team full of stars. He’s a top-quality player and he just needs to be patient and adjust.

He has to learn when to take players on. He looks like he’s getting a bit bored. Now he has to square his defender up on the left and roll it back to his full-back over and over again.

I don’t think he did that 20 times a season at Villa. But it’s the way City play and he’s finding it hard. He wants to play that parks football.

At Villa if he ran at the defender, crossed it and they scored, no-one would say a word if he then did that ten more times and kept losing the ball. It’s different at City.