• Steven Gerrard has joined Aston Villa as their head coach
  • He led Scottish club Rangers to league title last season
  • He had left Liverpool FC in 2015

Liverpool FC legend Steven Gerrard returned to the Premier League as he was named the head coach of Aston Villa on Thursday.

"Aston Villa Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Steven Gerrard as our new Head Coach. Gerrard guided Glasgow Rangers to the Scottish Premiership title last season, finishing the campaign undefeated in the league. The 41-year-old has attracted many admirers in the game for his work in transforming the fortunes of the Glasgow giants while also implementing an attractive, attacking style of football," the Midlands club wrote in an official release.

The English midfielder joined the Liverpool youth academy in 1989 and went on to be associated with his boyhood club for over two decades. Gerrard, who captained Liverpool from 2003 to 2015, led his side to the famous Champions League title in Istanbul in 2005. He won everything with Liverpool except the coveted Premier League, which his successor, Jordan Henderson, did in the 2019-20 season, ending the Reds' 30-year wait for the prestigious trophy.

Before switching to the managerial role, Gerrard had a brief stint with Major League Soccer's club LA Galaxy. After ending his glittering playing career, Gerrard joined Liverpool as their Academy Coach before taking up Scottish club Rangers' charge.

Looking back at Gerrard's final appearance for Liverpool, it was not a memorable one. In an away league game against Stoke City, Gerrard's side was thumped 6-1. It was the skipper who had scored the lone goal for his side.

Here is Liverpool's starting XI when Gerrard took the field for Liverpool one last time on May 24, 2015:

Philippe Coutinho

Coutinho made his Liverpool debut under Gerrard in 2013. Coutinho, who now plays for Barcelona, has been linked with a return to Premier League ahead of the 2022 January window.

Adam Lallana

The English player was the other forward, alongside Coutinho, for Liverpool against Stoke City. Lallana went on to win the Premier League under Henderson in 2019-20. He now plays for Brighton.

Alberto Moreno

Liverpool had fielded a 3-5-2 formation and Moreno was one of the five midfielders. The Spaniard left Liverpool in the summer of 2019 to join the La Liga club Villarreal.

Lucas Leiva

The Brazilian player was one of the three central midfielders in the game against Stoke City. He left Liverpool in 2017 and now plays for Lazio.

Jordan Henderson

Henderson, along with Leiva and Gerrard, formed the central midfield in the tricky 3-5-2 formation against Stoke City. Henderson is the current captain of Liverpool and has captained the side to four trophies, including the league title and Champions League.

Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard will bid farewell to Anfield on Saturday in what will be his 709th appearance for Liverpool. Reuters

Joe Allen

The central midfielder from Wales was among the five midfielders in the game. Interestingly, he now plays for Stoke City. He left Liverpool in 2016.

Martin Skrtel

The Slovak defender was Liverpool's left fullback in the game. He now plays for Slovakia-based Spartak Trnava.

Mamadou Sakho

The French defender was Liverpool's center-back in the Reds' 6-1 loss to Stoke City. Sakho left the club in 2017 to move to Crystal Palace before joining Ligue 1 club Montpellier this summer.

Emre Can

Can, whose primary position is in defensive midfield, played right fullback against Stoke City. He left Liverpool ahead of 2018-19 to join Juventus. Dortmund signed Can from the Serie A club during the 2020 January window.


Emre Can was replaced by Ivory Coast's Kolo Toure, Alberto Moreno was replaced by English winger Jordon Ibe and Joe Allen was replaced by England striker Rickie Lambert.