Former Rangers manager fails on emotional return to Premier League ground
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Former Rangers manager fails on emotional return to Premier League ground

Former Rangers manager Steven Gerrard saw his first managerial return to Anfield ruined as Aston Villa succumbed to a Mohammed Salah penalty in the Premier League encounter.

Much has been made of Gerrard’s return to the ground where he established himself and his Villa team ran Liverpool close in the narrow 1-0 defeat.

Former Rangers manager Steven Gerrard was given an emotional welcome by the home support as he made his first visit back to Anfield as a manager as his Aston Villa side took on Liverpool in the Premier League. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Although the Anfield side dominated possession throughout and had the better clear-cut chances, the visitors remained stubborn until Tyrone Mings pulled down Salah in the box in the second half and after a quick VAR check, the penalty stood.

No surprises as the Egyptian talisman fired the ball into the bottom corner of the goal and Liverpool never relinquished the lead.

Villa look a different team under the former Rangers boss and three wins out of four prior to the Anfield clash certainly constituted an excellent start.

The Liverpool faithful gave him a hero’s reception as he walked out the tunnel before the match and rightly so.

Although it stung when the Englishman left Rangers suddenly to take the Villa job in November, there are still sections of the supporters who want to see him do well and go on to work his way towards the Liverpool job.

Rangers wasted no time in appointing a successor, as Giovanni van Bronckhorst became the 17th permanent manager in the Ibrox sides history.

After the two clubs’ recent results, it looks like both teams have been reinvigorated by the managerial changes.

Former Rangers boss Steven Gerrard saw his Aston Villa side beaten by Liverpool in the Premier League. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

With van Bronckhorst winning four out of his first five matches in charge and still unbeaten, a new era has begun at Rangers.

Meanwhile, Rangers loanee Niko Katic suffered late heartbreak as he scored an own goal for Hajduk Split to deny the side all three points.

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