Former Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard explained his decision to sign for Aston Villa ahead of a new challenge in the Premier League.
Steven Gerrard explained why he grabbed on to the “risky” opportunity of coaching Aston Villa as the former Liverpool icon is happy to be back in the Premier League.
The former England skipper racked a victorious season with Rangers following their title victory in the Scottish Premiership.
Even though Gerrard is poised to make a return to Anfield in the future, proving his worth from scratch matters the most for him.
While explaining his decision to replace Dean Smith, the 41-year-old told Villa’s official website: “For me, it was about starting from the beginning and putting the blocks in place. Really learning from the start, going away from the cameras initially, taking the youth team at Liverpool. They were a big support to me.”
“That gave me a couple of years of real pitch experience. To get comfortable preparing sessions, delivering sessions and leading the team.”
“And then obviously the Rangers opportunity came, which was really big, again, another iconic club.”
“And for me, I like a challenge, I like a risk. And it’s something I’m really looking forward to getting in to.”
“I think this club will suit me because I know the fans are very passionate. I know there’s a demand and a pressure here to win. That’s something I’ve lived with since I was 17-18 years of age.”
“So, for me, it’s about making everyone come together and be unified. And I believe we can do exciting things together.”
“I think Aston Villa sells itself,” Gerrard added. “An iconic football club that I know pretty well from the outside. And I’m very much excited to get involved inside and start building relationships, get on the training pitch and get started.”
“The excitement levels are really, really high. I’m very hungry, very ambitious and the start can’t come quickly enough.”