Steven Gerrard fires warning to Liverpool despite alarming Aston Villa admission

Klopp reflects on Liverpool's win at Wolves

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Steven Gerrard insists Aston Villa are heading to Anfield next week to “try and take what they can,” despite admitting a number of his players are still not sure about committing to his methods. The former Liverpool captain hinted that a number of players could be heading for the door after showing a lack of interest in adapting to Gerrard’s regime but the Villains are already climbing the table quickly following the sacking of Dean Smith.

Villa now sit 10th as Gerrard made it three wins in four since he took over in the Midlands following his swift departure from Scottish champions Rangers.

Now his side will have a full week of training before they travel to Liverpool next Saturday (3pm).

The Reds are full of confidence following their dramatic late winner on the road at Wolves on Saturday and this will be the first time Gerrard has returned since becoming a manager.

Yet he is still planning to deal their hopes of winning the title a major blow when he rocks up to his old stomping ground.

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When asked by Sky Sports’ Laura Woods whether there was a sentimental feeling about his impending return, Gerrard said: “None, none at all.

“[We] Just want to go there and try and win, try and take what we can.

“For us, we’re not competing with Liverpool in terms of the level at the moment.

“But we will certainly go there and give it everything we’ve got.

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“We took City to the wire and I believe we should have taken something out of the game with our second-half performance.

“We go there with confidence and belief, with three wins out of four.

“We will absolutely try and make it as difficult as we can.”

Gerrard did also elude to the idea that several players in his squad are struggling to get to grips with his demands as he looks forward to tackling a new week.

“A few are still not sure on committing to what we want, just cos they’re not sure and it’s a little bit different for them,” he added.

“We’ve got a full week ahead of Liverpool where we can get on the pitch, iron a few teething problems out ahead of next week.”

The ex-England skipper is the clear favourite to replace Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool when his contract expires in 2024.

As it stands, there is no indication that Klopp would be willing to call time on his Anfield stay when his deal is up, while Gerrard insists he is focused on the here and now.

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