“Loads of abuse, loads of banter”- Steven Gerrard ahead of the clash against Everton


“Loads of abuse, loads of banter”- Steven Gerrard ahead of the clash against Everton

Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard in his latest press conference stated that he is expecting loads of abuse and banter from the Everton fans. The Liverpool legend believes that the atmosphere at Goodison Park will be different with the appointment of Duncan Ferguson – an Everton legend – as the caretaker manager for Everton’s game against Aston Villa.

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Steven Gerrard said: “To have an iconic figure leading the team, I think it’ll be pretty similar to what happened when he took over previously. The atmosphere and the support behind the team changed and he got a big reaction out of the players.”

“Loads of abuse, loads of banter, which is fine, because it takes the heat off my players and they can focus on playing,” said Gerrard.

“My shoulders are broad enough and my skin’s thick enough to accept it. I enjoy that warm welcome and I’ve got no problem with it.”

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Gerrard’s trip to Goodison Park comes following Aston Villa’s back-to-back FA Cup games against Manchester United, which brought the inevitable response from the club’s fans towards the Liverpool legend.

The 41-year-old is expecting a “pretty similar” reaction from Everton supporters on Saturday but believes it is something his side can use to their advantage.

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With four signings already, Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa have been the Premier League’s most active side in the winter transfer window. Talking about the increasing competition in the squad, Gerrard has warned his squad they will have to get used to fighting for their places.

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“The players have to accept that I’m going to try to improve this club in every single department, so if someone arrives in your position, you’re going have to accept it and fight for game time,” said Gerrard.

“The best players play at the end of the day.”

The competition within Villa’s squad could become even fiercer this month as Gerrard revealed he is hoping to make further additions.

“There’s a few things bubbling away,” he said. “We’ve identified areas where we would like to strengthen, but as I’ve said before, we’ll only do that if the right players become available.

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“We won’t be forced. If it’s a case of having to be patient until the next window, I’ve got no problem with that.”

Aston Villa has made some top signings with players such as Philippe Coutinho, Lucas Digne during this window.

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