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Aston Villa vs Leicester City, Premier League live: score and latest updates

Good afternoon and welcome to our live blog of the action from Villa Park, where Aston Villa welcome Leicester City. Among the many interesting subplots of course is the renewal of relations between home manager Steven Gerrard and away manager Brendan Rodgers, one time Liverpool captain and manager, and Old Firm rivals during their respective time in Glasgow.

There was a spicy bit in one of Gerrard’s books (2016 autobio) about the fateful game against Chelsea when Rodgers arguably got the tactics wrong, and then Gerrard inarguably fell over:

“I’ve never been able to say this in public before but I was seriously concerned that we thought we could blow Chelsea away. I sensed an over-confidence in Brendan’s team talks. We played into Chelsea’s hands. I feared it then and I know it now.”

Gerrard however said this week that he recognises how difficult management is, a lot harder than it looked when he was a player.

“Brendan is a top coach. I think the biggest thing was his delivery on the training pitch. He is one of many managers who I watch closely and, in my position, when you are new and starting out and trying to gain that experience, then they are the type of people you try to learn from.”

Talking of learning, it sounds like Gerrard is enjoying bringing on some of his younger guys, such as Ollie Watkins.

Watkins was left out of the most recent England squad a month ago but Gerrard is confident Gareth Southgate will pick him again if he continues to perform for Villa.

“Listen, I think in situations like this you just let the football do the talking, and Ollie has certainly done that in his first three games with me,” said Gerrard.

“Manchester City was probably his strongest performance. I thought he really occupied Manchester City’s two defenders for the whole game – he looked powerful, he looked strong, his hold-up play was terrific. He scored a fantastic goal, which was only a half-chance really.

“It’s been a pleasure to work with him for three weeks and I’m looking forward to the future. I’m delighted to have him here.

“Ollie has just got to be the best he can be for Aston Villa and I’m sure that will be enough for him to get back in the England squad and I’m sure Gareth Southgate will be watching him closely.

“But the best thing you can do to get into England squads is to be consistent and do your stuff for your club, and Ollie is certainly doing that.”



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