Premier League: Steven Gerrard wants to win missing trophies as a player in his coaching career

Premier League: Steven Gerrard wants to win missing trophies as a player in his coaching career
Premier League: Steven Gerrard wants to win missing trophies as a player in his coaching career

Premier League: New Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard said victories like Saturday’s 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion are like “medicine” for the highs he misses from his playing days.

Late goals from Ollie Watkins and Tyrone Mings gave Villa the win over Brighton, ending a run of five league defeats that ended in the club sacking Dean Smith and replacing him with Gerrard on Nov. 11.

Premier League: Steven Gerrard wants to win missing trophies as a player in his coaching career

The former England captain played more than 700 games for Liverpool between 1998 and 2015 and won nine trophies at the Anfield club.

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“I will always be as authentic as I can. If anyone doubts me watch me after those goals. That is real. They are the buzzes, the highs you miss as a player. They are why you want to stay in the game. They are my medicine,” Gerrard said.

“You are trying to control your emotions, but inside you are kicking every ball. I want to coach from the side, I want to be visible and help them, guide them. Inside is what was with me as a player, that will to win, that drive…. I hate losing.”

Premier League: Steven Gerrard wants to win missing trophies as a player in his coaching career

“We were a bit tense at times (against Brighton) but I thought we finished the game extremely strongly. We have got a lot of things to build on. In time we will become stronger and grow and get better.”

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Aston Villa, 15th in the league standings on 13 points, will take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday.