Steven Gerrard urged to leave Rangers for ‘perfect stepping stone job’ before Liverpool

Premier League managerial departures so far this season

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Liverpool hero Steven Gerrard has been urged to leave Rangers and become the new manager of Aston Villa as a stepping stone back to Anfield. The former midfielder has been tipped to eventually take the top job at the Reds.

Villa sacked head coach Dean Smith on Sunday after the west Midlands club slipped to their fifth consecutive Premier League defeat.

The Claret and Blues lost 1-0 to Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium on Friday night and finished the weekend just two points above the relegation places.

Gerrard was immediately linked with the vacant role at Villa Park and Gabby Agbonlahor believes the 41-year-old is perfect for the role.

“I’d love him to come,” the former Villa striker told talkSPORT Breakfast on Monday.

“Watching his passion on the side with Rangers – watching how Rangers play football – I think it would be a great signing for Aston Villa.

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“I feel as well for Rangers, what more can he do with them. He’s won the title after such a long time of not winning it and I feel the time is right now to come to Aston Villa.

“That might now be a stepping stone for him before he might go to Liverpool in the future.

“I feel the players will respect Steven Gerrard – one of the best Premier League players ever. I would be buzzing with that signing.

“Steven Gerrard has been named for most of the jobs going so he has to take one sooner or later.”

Gerrard led Rangers to their first Scottish Premiership title in a decade last season as his side remained unbeaten to finish with a staggering 102 points.

It was the former England international’s first trophy since taking the helm at the Gers in 2018 as bitter rivals Celtic were denied a tenth straight league title.

The 2005 Champions League winner also led his side to the last 16 of the Europa League for the second consecutive season last time out.

This season, Rangers have won nine of their opening 13 league games and are four points ahead of Celtic in the table.

Gerrard made 710 appearances during a stellar career for Liverpool as he found the back of the net 186 times and laid on 150 assists.

He lifted a string of trophies at Anfield but was never able to win the Premier League title.

Gerrard has done a decent job in Scotland and has been tipped to take over from current Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp in the future.

He has been linked with a whole host of jobs in recent years but may feel a spell at Villa could provide him with the Premier League experience needed to take the helm at the Reds if Liverpool chiefs come calling.

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