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Steven Gerrard speaks of respect for his former manager Brendan Rodgers ahead of Aston Villa vs Leicester

Aston Villa Boss Steven Gerrard spoke of his respect for the Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers ahead of Sunday’s Midlands derby between the two clubs.

Gerrard played under Rodgers at Liverpool from 2012 to 2015, almost winning the title Premier League together in 2014 before moving to the top of the table by five points with just three games left.

The pair cross paths again in Scotland, this time as opposition managers, where they are in charge of Old Firm clubs.

Rodgers won consecutive domestic wins in his two full seasons at Celtic, where he faced Gerrard’s Rangers on two occasions. Having scored a 1-0 victory in that 2018/19 season, Gerrard’s first time in charge, before Rodgers left for Leicester shortly after.

Last season, Gerrard delivered Rangers’ first Scottish title in a decade, in the process preventing Celtic from winning their 10th consecutive championship.

The former Liverpool captain, 41, revealed he has learned a lot from Rodgers over the years.

“Brendan is a top coach,” said Gerrard. “He came to Liverpool at a time when we needed someone like him, in terms of a modern coach who would take us forward but also play exciting football.

“I think the biggest thing was that he served on the training ground. You can see quite clearly that he has got a lot of experience and that he is a good manager to play for personal relationship.

“In my opinion, it would be naive not to try and learn as much as possible and what I can from Brendan. I keep doing that even though we’ve never worked together, because obviously I’ve played him in Scotland and I’ve seen how well he’s done in the Premier League, that’s all. Definitely not surprising to me.

Steven Gerrard served as captain of Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool (Peter Byrne/PA)

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“He’s one of many managers I follow closely and in my position, when you’re new, starting out and trying to gain experience, they’re the type of people you try to learn from.

“There is mutual respect there. He always helped me as a player and I will always remember that, but once the whistle blows we will be ready to compete for points. ”

Meanwhile, Villa have suffered an injury blow with the news that Leon Bailey will be out for a few weeks.

The 24-year-old forward, signed from Bayer Leverkusen this summer for a reported fee of £30m by his former manager Dean Smith, limped off with what looked like a thigh problem after half an hour. of the match. 2-1 loss at home to Manchester City on Wednesday night.

“Unfortunately for Leon, he had a CT scan and that confirmed there was a quadriceps muscle injury,” Gerrard said.

“It will be quite long, so he will be missing for a number of weeks. It’s difficult to book now, but we won’t see him before Christmas. ”

An unspecified injury has kept Danny Ings out of action recently, but the forward is expected to return and a decision on his fitness will be made on Saturday.

The Villa boss added: “Danny is someone we are working closely with and we will give him every chance and I will make a decision on him tomorrow.”

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