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Gerrard not distracted by ‘noise’ of Anfield return

Steven Gerrard insists his focus is on securing a ‘positive result’ for Aston Villa this weekend as the former Liverpool captain makes his first return to Anfield as a manager.

Gerrard will return to his former side for the first time in opposition colours this weekend, as Aston Villa travel to Merseyside to face Liverpool on Saturday.

 

The 41-year-old has enjoyed an impressive start since leaving Rangers to take charge at Villa Park, winning three of his four fixtures in charge to guide Villa into the Premier League’s top half.

Gerrard insists his focus this weekend is on another ‘big game of football’ and securing a positive result for his side, despite the noise surrounding the return of a Liverpool legend.

“I really respect and understand all the noise around the game for obvious reasons,” Gerrard told his pre-match press conference.

“The noise is for other people to get excited about. For me, it’s about preparing the team in the best way I can, to try and get a positive result for Aston Villa.

“For everyone else, it’s a massive occasion. For me, it’s three points, it’s a big game of football and it’s 90 minutes that we need to focus on.”

“If I’m on the bus, heading back down the M6 towards Birmingham and I’m not the most popular at Anfield, so be it.”

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