The Reds legend made his return to his former club as he took his Aston Villa side to Anfield on Saturday afternoon, and he was met with a rapturous reception from home fans
Liverpool fans gave Steven Gerrard a hero’s welcome when he returned to Anfield with his Aston Villa side.
Former Reds captain Gerrard was in the opposition dugout at Anfield for the very first time as Villa took on Jurgen Klopp’s men, and the support for the former England midfielder was clear.
After his Villa side walked onto the pitch to a muted reception, Gerrard then emerged from the Anfield tunnel to thunderous applause.
Liverpool fans largely resisted the urge to sing Gerrard’s name though, instead bellowing out ‘Liverpool’ as they made it clear that their focus was on their team and not their former hero.
Speaking before the match, Gerrard insisted that he wouldn’t let the occasion get to him.
“If I’m on the bus heading back down the M6 towards Birmingham and I’m not the most popular at Anfield, so be it,” said Gerrard.
“The noise is for other people to get excited about, for me it’s about preparing the team in the best way I can to try and get a positive result for Aston Villa,” Gerrard said about his return to Anfield.
“Everyone in that stadium will know me well enough to know what I’m about and what I’m going to Anfield for.
“I’m going back to a club where I spent many years and it brings a smile to my face for a couple of reasons.
“One, I’ve got a good relationship with a lot of people at the club. I had a fantastic time there, a really good journey, I’m a local boy.
“It was the team I supported growing up and I will always support that team.
“But at the same time it brings a smile to my face because I’ve got the opportunity to go there and compete against a good team and a good manager and try to win the game. That’s my only focus.”
Reds boss Klopp said that he feels it is inevitable that Gerrard will manage Liverpool at some point.
“Yes, I think, absolutely,” Klopp said.
“The only problem is when is the right moment for that? We saw it with Frank [Lampard] at Chelsea. He [Gerrard] is doing really well but is very young from a manager’s point of view.
“When is the right moment to take the manager’s job? Not because he’s not able to do it but how long do you want to do it? Is it the last job you want to do? The second job? Those are questions I can’t answer.
“But yes, I think it will definitely happen – and that is good for everybody.”