Gerrard comments on Liverpool return

English Premier League

Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard says he won't mind if he loses his popularity at Anfield if his side defeat Liverpool on Saturday.

Gerrard returns to the club where he spent 17 years and helped the club win the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup, FA Cup and League Cup titles during that period.

The Villa manager insists he won't get too excited about the occasion at Anfield as he looks to walk away a positive result.

"The noise is for other people to get excited about, for me it's about preparing the team in the best way I can to try and get a positive result for Aston Villa," Gerrard said.

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"Everyone in that stadium will know me well enough to know what I'm about and what I'm going to Anfield for.

"One, I've got a good relationship with a lot of people at the club. I had a fantastic time there, a really good journey, I'm a local boy. It was the team I supported growing up and I will always support that team.

"But at the same time it brings a smile to my face because I've got the opportunity to go there and compete against a good team and a good manager and try to win the game. That's my only focus.

"If I'm on the bus heading back down the M6 towards Birmingham and I'm not the most popular at Anfield, so be it."

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