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Villa boss Gerrard says he’s ‘stolen’ managerial tips off Rodgers


Steven Gerrard will today go head to head with his old Liverpool mentor when Aston Villa take on Leicester City.

Gerrard was Brendan Rodgers’ captain during the Foxes manager’s time at Anfield, which saw them come close to winning the Premier League together in 2013-14.

Now in charge at Villa Park after a successful tenure at Rangers, Gerrard says he learned a lot about management from Rodgers and is now applying them to his own career in the dugout.

In an interview with former Liverpool teammate Jamie Carragher, Gerrard detailed the influence Rodgers has had on him and just what he’s learned from the Northern Irishman.

“I learned a lot off Brendan, probably more than my previous managers because of the age I was at,” Gerrard told Carragher for Sky Sports.

“Under Gerard Houllier, I wasn’t a top student of the game and I wasn’t that interested in the tactical side of it – and I probably wasn’t in the early days under Rafael Benitez either.

“It was towards the back end of Rafa’s reign and into Brendan Rodgers’ time that I started thinking about my own game intelligence.

“I believe that had I worked with Brendan earlier, we’d have had more success together for sure. I think he’s a top coach and he’s very slick in the way he delivers it. He’s really good with his one-to-one stuff, how he manages dressing rooms and deals with individuals.

“If I didn’t take stuff off Brendan, I’d be very stupid and naïve because he’s going to manage at the top for a very long time. I experienced him as a player, I’ve seen it from afar and I’ve competed against him already as a coach up in Scotland. I’ve learned tons off Brendan and I’ll admit I’ve stolen a few things off him as well.

“I’m quite lucky as I worked as a player with a lot of managers that liked to be defensive and pragmatic in their style, but also towards the back end of my career, I worked with the likes of Brendan and he was very technical.

“He wanted to build everywhere and to overload in every area of the pitch so that gave me something different to think about in terms of how I wanted my teams to play.

“I’ve tried to get a combination of both. If I can get the balance right in terms of being organised whilst having the right players who can hurt the opposition, I feel we can move forward.”

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