Aston Villa manager, Steven Gerrard has noted that he has identified a lot of things he needs to “iron out” after he led the club to beat Leicester City, a club that is being coached by his former coach at Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers.
On Sunday, December 5, 2021, Rodgers led Leicester City to Villa Park to play their 15th Premier League game of the season. The game started like it was Leicester that would win it, especially after Leicester’s Harvey Barnes scored the winner in the 14th minute.
But Aston Villa were able to bounce back almost immediately as Villa’s Ezri Konsa scored the equalizer in the 17th minute. After the goal, both sides were not able to score until the first half ended.
In the second half, Steven Gerrard was able to structure his team in such a way that his team was able to get the best of Leicester City. Konsa scored the winner in the 54th minute.
The 2-1 win over Leicester City is the second time that Steven Gerrard has defeated Brendan Rodgers who coached him between 2012 and 2015 at Liverpool football club.
Gerrard first defeated Rodgers when the 48-year-old Irish tactician was coaching Scottish side, Celtic. Then, Gerrard was the football manager of Rangers.
The 2-1 win over Leicester City came less than four days after Manchester City beat Aston Villa at Villa Park 1-2 on December 1.
After beating Rodgers on Sunday, Steven Gerrard said he was pleased with the performance of the result. He however added that there was still a lot of work to be done at Aston Villa.
“I’m really pleased with the result but we still need to iron out some issues, he told BBC.
“There’s loads of work still to do. It took a few home truths at half-time to sort our issues out, to rejig our shape, and a few other things.
“All you can ask of your players is to perform, we did that. I thought we were outstanding in the second half. But can we do it for a full 90 minutes without me having to get on the players’ back at half-time?”
Steven Gerrard: “We had to address a few situations, in terms of how we wanted it to look in the second half. The players came out and were absolutely outstanding.” 🗣️ #AVLLEI pic.twitter.com/AhC7q4mIJV— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) December 5, 2021
The 2-1 win over Leicester City has taken Aston Villa to the 10th spot in the league table with 19 points in 15 games, 8 points away from the 4th spot.
Recall that Steven Gerrard became the coach of Aston Villa when the club was a few points away from the relegation zone. But now, Aston Villa are 9 points away from the danger zone.
Gerrard will face his biggest test as the coach of Aston Villa when he visits his old club, Liverpool football club on December 11. His team is scheduled to play against Jurgen Klopp’s team at 16:00.
It would be a mixed feeling for Gerrard who would want his team to beat Liverpool in the presence of Liverpool fans who idol him as the club’s legend.
If Aston Villa manage to beat Liverpool at Anfield, Villa could climb as high as the 8th spot if the clubs occupying the spots above them fail to win their 16th league game. However, it will be difficult for Villa to achieve that because Liverpool would want to win to maintain their second spot or go top.