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Chris Sutton Told Aston Villa They Can Expect Steven Gerrard To Mirror Jurgen Klopp’s Tactics

Sutton can never resist a pop at Celtic’s bitter rivals and Gerrard’s exit for the West Midlands has given him plenty of ammunition.

BT Sport were forced into a late punditry changed back in September when Sutton and Neil Lennon were told they were too much of a “security risk” to attend the Europa League clash with Lyon.

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Sutton is known for his wind-up antics and is far from a popular figure at Ibrox but many felt this was a step too far for the club, who should instead look inward rather than prevent pundits from doing their job.

But being frozen out in Govan doesn’t appear to have dampened the Celtic hero’s spirits as he used his Daily Mail column to aim a light-hearted dig at Gerrard’s former team.

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He was primarily offering insight into what Villa can expect from their new boss, comparing his setup at Rangers to that of Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.

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Sutton said: “Steven Gerrard swept into Rangers, denied Celtic the 10 in a Row, and did it using a 4-3-3 system not dissimilar to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

“It’s clear that he picked up more than a few pointers while working with the academy under Klopp.

“I’ve watched Rangers as much as anyone (when they let me into Ibrox, that is) and know their style. Gerrard hasn’t been a tinkerman in Scotland, so Aston Villa fans can look forward to a 4-3-3.

“That will involve a narrow front three with the two inside forwards staying close to the striker, much like how Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are in close proximity to Roberto Firmino. That leaves the full backs room to fly forward.

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“Rangers right back James Tavernier picked up nine assists last season, while left back Borna Barisic managed six.

“They are relentless and produce crosses galore, much like how Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson pride themselves on topping those charts.

“Villa have the players to play Gerrard’s way. With Danny Ings, Ollie Watkins, Emiliano Buendia, Leon Bailey and more, he can pick a very effective front three.

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