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Steven Gerrard sacked: Klopp and Carragher react to Villa decision

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A 3-0 defeat against Fulham convinced Aston Villa to part ways with the Liverpool legend.

Aston Villa sacked Steven Gerrard after his side’s failure to bounce back from their disastrous start to the new season.

Villa slipped to the 17th spot on the league table after losing 3-0 against Fulham on Sunday, continuing a four-game winless run.

Gerrard arrived at Villa Park on the back of a highly successful stint at Rangers. However, he has to leave the club less than 12 months after taking charge.

Speaking in a press conference ahead of Liverpool‘s upcoming match against Nottingham Forest, Klopp reacted to the news of Gerrard’s sacking.

“I am sure he will come back from that,” He said.

“I’ve been 7 years at Liverpool, we’ve not met a lot for different reasons. But we created a close relationship and I’ve always followed him. Had a quick exchange this morning, nothing too deep.

He added: “I can imagine it’s disappointing for him because of the things he wanted to achieve at Aston Villa. We all get knocks and it’s about how you respond. These things can happen.

A lot of great managers out there had to leave clubs for different reasons. He will be back.”

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“He wants to be manager for the next 20 years”

Gerrard’s former teammate Jamie Carragher admits he wasn’t surprised by Villa’s decision.

 “I don’t think it was too much of a shock that the news came out,” Carragher told Sky Sports“It was just whether the Aston Villa board would let Stevie take the [next] game because it’s so close around the corner on Sunday against Brentford.

“But the reaction of the Villa fans, maybe they felt the crowd would be a little bit toxic on Sunday and better for all parties to part ways.”

He added: “I’m really not sure whether Stevie would go back in or wait 12 months. 

“I spoke to him a few days ago about the upcoming games for Aston Villa, and he’s not daft, he knows the situation.

“It will be really interesting, that’s not something I’ve spoken to him about, whether he’s the type of guy who wants to be manager for the next 20 years or he’s maybe picked certain jobs that really appeal to him. I think that’s what he’s done in the first few jobs that he’s picked.

“Whether Stevie would drop down to the Championship, I’m really not sure.”