Steven Gerrard might have considered Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool contract when the Reds legend signed his Aston Villa deal. The former England captain has been appointed as the Villans’ new manager after a swift search for Dean Smith’s replacement.
Gerrard surprisingly decided to depart Rangers despite them sitting four points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
The 41-year-old guided the Glaswegians to their first Scottish top-flight title in a decade last term and enjoyed plenty of success.
Villa moved quickly to appoint Gerrard after sacking Smith on Sunday.
The 50-year-old was dismissed after overseeing a run of five consecutive defeats.
Expectations were elevated over the summer when the Midlands outfit spent over £100million on new talent. The likes of Danny Ings, Leon Bailey and Emi Buendia all arrived for big fees.
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Smith will argue that he still lost his best player in Jack Grealish. The former club captain was sold in a blockbuster £100m transfer to Manchester City.
Gerrard has a tough task on his hands. Villa are 16th in the Premier League and those big-money signings are yet to properly gel.
But the 2005 Champions League winner might already be looking ahead to his next job after signing a contract until 2024. Sky Sports have reported that he has penned a two-and-a-half-year deal to keep him at the club until 2024.
It is the same amount of time remaining on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool contract.
“In my conversations with Nassef [Sawiris], Wes [Edens] and the rest of the board, it was apparent how ambitious their plans are for the club and I am looking forward to helping them achieve their aims.
“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to everybody associated with Glasgow Rangers for giving me the opportunity to manage such an iconic football club.
“Helping them secure a record-breaking 55th league title will always hold a special place in my heart. I would like to wish the players, staff and supporters the very best for the future.”
Villa CEO Christian Purslow, who worked at Liverpool when Gerrard was a player, added: “It has been very clear in our discussions with him that Steven’s coaching ambitions, philosophy and values entirely match those of Aston Villa.
“We are excited he has agreed to lead us in the next phase of our ambitious plans as we look to build on the progress made since Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens took over the club in 2018.”