Steven Gerrard has vowed to stay out of the spotlight as his Aston Villa side prepares to return to Anfield.
The new manager has won three of his first four games in charge at Villa Park, and his next assignment is an emotional return to Liverpool, where he made 710 appearances in all competitions following his academy breakthrough.
The headlines will write themselves, but Gerrard is hoping that the two teams in action will garner the majority of attention.
"We'll go to Anfield and try to make it as difficult as we can as we fight for every point available," said Gerrard (via the Daily Mail). "In terms of the emotions, that's for me deal to with.
"It's about the team and preparing them well to get a result. I will not make it about me. If others do, I can't control that, but it's about us going there with confidence and belief."
On sentimental feelings:
"None, not at all. I just want to go there and try and win and try and take what we can.
“For us, we’re not competing with Liverpool in terms of the level we are both at the moment but we’ll certainly go there and give everything we’ve got.
“We took [Manchester] City to the wire and I believe we should have taken something of the game with our second-half performance.
“We go there with confidence and belief with three wins out of four and we’re going to make it as difficult as we can.”
Gerrard beat former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers on Sunday, leading Villa to a 2-1 victory over Leicester City. The Villains are now tenth in the Premier League, nine points clear of the drop zone and eight points behind the top four.
Liverpool, on the other hand, have moved up to second place following Chelsea's loss to West Ham United, with Jurgen Klopp's side now trailing Man City by just one point.