According to BBC Sport, Steven Gerrard has agreed to a three-and-a-half-year contract with Villa Park, which would keep him with the club until the summer of 2025.

Steven Gerrard holds Aston Villa Shirt. Photograph: Neville Williams/Getty Images

This contradicts previous claims that the former Rangers general manager was being groomed for a two-and-a-half-year deal.

The transfer comes after a fantastic season in which the 41-year-old led the Gers to their first Scottish Premiership victory in a decade.

It’s a minor point, but it’s significant given that the Englishman’s deal will keep him in the West Midlands for another year when Jurgen Klopp’s contract at Anfield expires.

Although Gerrard has stated a readiness to leave a successful operation when the time is right, there’s no assurance that if Liverpool came knocking in the summer of 2024 – should the Reds boss not be keen to extend his stay – Gerrard would be inclined to stay with Aston Villa.

Of course, everything hinges on how the former player handles the Premier League’s challenges and restores the Villans’ status as a competitive English top-flight team.

Nonetheless, it’s a good chance for the coach to demonstrate his worth in arguably the most difficult league in the world.

If you succeed here, it will undoubtedly attract notice in Merseyside in the future.

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