As much as Aston Villa director Steven Gerrard might fight that his psyche is centered absolutely around his group beating Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturda, there can be no denying the feelings his re-visitation of Anfield will work up.
A Liverpudlian who joined the group’s childhood set-up as a nine-year-old, Gerrard proceeded to show up for the club, most broadly captaining them to their astounding rebound in the 2005 Champions League last win over AC Milan.
He played his last game for Liverpool at Anfield in 2015 and had a spell as a young mentor in the foundation prior to taking on the director’s position at Scottish club Rangers.
Gerrard’s accomplishment in winning the Scottish Premiership last season acquired him the opportunity to take over at Villa following the excusal of Dean Smith last month.
The 41-year-old has had a quick effect at the Midlands club, winning three of his initial four games in control, with the main misfortune coming to association pioneers Manchester City.
It would be nothing unexpected if, when the Jurgen Klopp period has finished, Gerrard gets back to oversee Liverpool yet he is adequately brilliant to know there is barely anything to acquire from such talk now.
“I simply need to go there and attempt to win and take what we can. As far as we might be concerned, we’re not contending with Liverpool, as far as the level we’re both at, right now, however we’ll absolutely go there and give it all that we have,” he said.
There will almost certainly be a warm greeting from the fans in the Kop and kind words from Klopp yet the German has bounty else to concentrate his brain as the three-horse race for the title enters the pivotal Christmas season.
Liverpool are second in the table, a point behind Pep Guardiola’s City and one in front of European heroes Chelsea.