Gerrard could be Liverpool boss come 2022 – Villa job won’t be hard in meantime

Aston Villa is a stepping stone to Liverpool for Steven Gerrard.

And if things go his way he could even be at Anfield this time next year. Stranger things have happened.

Gerrard will be Liverpool manager one day. He is on the right path. I'm sure that's his aim. He will have a plan. This is part of the journey.

Sitting here today you would you think he's got no chance of being Liverpool manager next season.

But things change quickly in football. If you'd said to me this time last year that Dean Smith would be out of a job I'd have said no chance.

It's all about timing. If Liverpool start next season badly or Jurgen Klopp wakes up morning and decides to walk away, who else are they going to go for?

If Steven Gerrard does well at Villa in the Premier League then surely he is the first one Liverpool would turn to.

This is a much tougher job than Rangers because there is so much competition. And it's a nightmare start because the players are away on international duty.

He has a hard first game too in Brighton. They are a good team but the fans will expect to beat them at Villa Park so there's a bit of expectation and pressure on his debut.

The thing is, Villa surely don't think they are getting into the top six this season. If Arsenal and Tottenham are struggling why should Villa think they can walk right in there?

So all he really has to do is steady the ship, get them safe, and if they finish mid-table he's had a result in my opinion.

When do you think Jurgen Klopp will leave Liverpool, and should Steven Gerrard succeed him as manager? Let us know in the comments section.

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They're not going down. They wouldn't have gone down under Dean Smith either. So it's not that hard a job really.

I was surprised they sacked Dean Smith. I thought he'd have enough brownie points in the bag. He kept them in the Premier League last season.

I think he's bang unlucky. They've just been on a bad run at a bad time. But I'm sure he would have turned it around.

It looks to me like he's paid for bringing in the players he did. Danny Ings hasn't really worked out. Neither has Leon Bailey.

Nobody has filled Jack Grealish's boots. But it's not easy selling a £100m player, buying a load of replacements, and getting them to gel.

Dean Smith will be back in the game before long I'm sure. He's too good a manager. There are other Premier League clubs who would be lucky to have him – like Norwich for example.

I think Villa did it now because they knew Gerrard might be available too. Leave it a couple of weeks and they could have turned things around and then it becomes difficult.

I think Villa really wanted Steven Gerrard. He's done an unbelievable job at Rangers but he's going to an unbelievable job at Villa.

This is a big, big football club. If you're Gerrard you have to take a job like that in the Premier League when it comes up.

No disrespect to Rangers. They're as big as many Premier League teams. But how much further can Gerrard take them?

They're not winning the Europa League. They're not winning that for the next 10 years. They just don't have the TV money to compete.

Steven Gerrard can't lose really. Villa are not in serious danger. They're just on a bad run. Steady the ship and you've done your job.

Howe's crunch clashes

Eddie Howe has three games to save Newcastle.

They've got Brentford, Norwich and Burnley in their next three home games and he needs seven points from those at least, or they're in massive trouble.

Arsenal play them as well at the Emirates but that's almost a free swing because no-one will expect them to win there.

It's those three home games where he has to get results. It's a nice start for him really – but after that it gets messy.

After that it's Leicester and Liverpool away, followed by both Manchester clubs at home. If you go into that and you're still in the bottom three it could be curtains.

Eddie's had a few months off so he will be enthusiastic and will bring energy and positivity.

But it's not an impossible job. The goalposts have moved. Steve Bruce had to get them in the top half. Eddie just has to keep them up.

It just feels like he's up against it already because the fans seem underwhelmed. I didn't see hundreds of them turning up to welcome him.

Palace star's snub

Conor Gallagher should be in the England squad and it's shocked me that Gareth Southgate has snubbed him.

He's been one of the best players in the country this season for Crystal Palace and I don't think he could have done any more to earn a call up.

Chelsea loanee Gallagher deserves to be in there and if he hasn't got a call-up up now I don't know how he ever will.

He affects games every single time he plays and he's completely and utterly on top of his game. I think he's really unlucky.

Southgate could have picked him and sent a message to every young English player that if you're playing well you will get a chance.

But he hasn't, and that sends the wrong message for me – especially as people like Declan Rice have pulled out.

I don't think you should pick players who aren't really playing for their clubs, so I'm a bit surprised at his treatment of Jadon Sancho as well.

Sancho got picked last time almost to help his confidence when he wasn't doing well at Manchester United. Now he's out again. It's strange.

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