Jamie Carragher insists his former teammate will not use Villa job to pave his way to Anfield.
took over atRangers
in 2018 and managed to grab the league title with The Gers after 3 years, ending the 9-year reign of their longtime rivals, Celtic over the Scottish Premiership.
It was confirmed today that Gerrard has parted ways with the Scottish side to join the Premier League club,Aston Villa
Gerrard’s success with Rangers sparked many rumors about his future and a possible return to Anfield, should Jurgen Klopp decides to part ways with the Reds at the end of his contract in 2024, with many believe that the Villa job is the best chance for the English manager to prove himself worthy of the Liverpool position.
Former Liverpool star Jamie Carragher, however, disregards these talks, insisting that his former teammate will use the Lions as a ‘stepping stone’.
"I think it's disrespectful to Stevie and I think it's disrespectful to Aston Villa that this comes up,"
Carragher told Sky Sports.
"I know this is the question for everyone, but I can assure you that Aston Villa as a football club are no stepping stone for anyone. They've won a European Cup, the biggest club in the midlands, one of the biggest clubs in the UK.
"I'm sure everyone is well aware that one day, if it worked perfectly, Stevie would like to manage Liverpool, but I can guarantee you Stevie would only want to manage Liverpool if he merited it, and also the club's supporters would think that and the football club themselves.
"Liverpool are not in a position to give a job in the future to someone just because they had a great playing career.
"If Stevie does amazingly well at Aston Villa and is qualifying for Europe, maybe could add a Carabao Cup, maybe that would put him in the equation then for Liverpool.
"But Liverpool, along with Manchester United, along with Man City, Chelsea, they will be attracting the best managers in the world. That's obviously a challenge for Stevie to make himself one of the best managers in European or world football and then, I'm sure, he'll have a great shout.
"But if he doesn't get there, I don't think Stevie would be wanting to take a job if he felt that maybe someone else could be better at Liverpool, and I don't think the club would either.
"For Stevie, I think it's just focusing on Aston Villa and don't worry about anything else."
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