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How does Steven Gerrard to Aston Villa affect his chances at Liverpool job?

Steven Gerrard is officially the Aston Villa manager. That begs a question, though – how does it affect his chances at the Liverpool job?

Aston Villa announced on Thursday that Steven Gerrard is their new manager. He joins from Rangers, having guided them to the Scottish Premiership title in an unbeaten season.

It’s a massive appointment – one of English football’s biggest names taking on the Premier League. Gerrard replaces Dean Smith, too, a hero at Villa who took them from Championship mediocrity to a comfortable position in the top flight.

And this, of course, is one that affects Liverpool. Gerrard is one of the club’s greatest ever players – probably the best since Kenny Dalglish. He’s an Anfield hero and the romantic choice to take over from Jurgen Klopp.

So how does this appointment affect his chances?

Steven Gerrard at Aston Villa

This is a high-risk move for Gerrard. The Premier League is ruthless with managers, as we’ve already seen this season.

Smith left despite everything he’s achieved with the club, while Tottenham Hotspur sacked Nuno Espirito Santo within six months of appointing him. Get things wrong and they’ll quickly turn around.

Gerrard leaves a very comfortable position in Glasgow where he was on his way to a second league title. He could have delivered back-to-back trophies and established himself as a legend there.

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He’s now managing a disjointed side since Jack Grealish departed. Villa are on a run of five consecutive defeats, in fact, and are only two points above the drop.

That comes with good and bad. On the one hand, they’re not very good and things could continue on a sour path. If they do, Gerrard can kiss goodbye to any real chance of the Liverpool job.

On the other, Villa have a very talented squad and Gerrard may see the only way being up. If he can have a similar impact as he did in Glasgow, Villa could be a top-half team again before long. They have the potential to push for European places.

Getting Villa into Europe would be a big step towards getting the Liverpool gig. That’s got to be the aim and Gerrard would have two-and-a-half years to do it.

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Jurgen Klopp’s contract expires in 2024 and he’s widely expected to take a break from football. There will be an opening and Gerrard, with a League title in the bank and the potential for success at Villa, will be a candidate if things fall right.

As we say, he’s taking a risk. Another league title with Rangers and Gerrard would still be a candidate but it’s debatable how serious a candidate he’d be. Success in Scotland, after all, isn’t the same as success in England.

Success at Villa is far more difficult but if he succeeds, people may well see him as the ideal next step for Liverpool. He just needs to prove that everything he’s achieved in Scotland translates to the Premier League – that it is worth considering and not just small-time success.

2024, then. If Villa are a good, forward-looking outfit at that point, Gerrard will firmly have his name in the frame. If they’re anything less, Liverpool will look elsewhere.

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