Steven Gerrard and Patrick Vieira loved many fierce battles on the pitch, and on Saturday they may renew their rivalry on the touchline when Aston Villa tackle Crystal Palace.
The pair have been concerned in some memorable hard-hitting contests when Liverpool confronted Arsenal within the early 2000s.
Each males are actually within the early levels of their Premier League managerial careers and if the fixture at Selhurst Park is something like their epic on-field encounters then a equally bruising match is anticipated.
Steven Gerrard and Patrick Vieira have been concerned in some fierce battles as gamers
Gerrard and Vieira will reunite on the touchline when Aston Villa tackle Crystal Palace
Nevertheless, It will not be the primary time they’ve confronted one another within the reverse dugout.
Gerrard mentioned in his pre-match press convention: ‘I confronted him earlier than in a pre-season pleasant when he was supervisor at Good and I used to be up at Rangers.
‘He is a person I’ve bought a number of admiration and respect for. Firstly as a participant, I had many battles towards Patrick.
Their battles on the pitch typically concerned some heavy 50/50 challenges in clashes between Arsenal and Liverpool
Gerrard remembers how he may shake Vieira’s hand after the sport regardless of kicking him throughout it
‘Some highs, some lows however he was definitely a participant you can go and compete towards and you can kick him, you can battle him, compete towards him and he’d shake your hand after the sport.
‘He was a prime, prime footballer and one of many hardest battles I ever confronted by way of being a participant.’
Liverpool legend Gerrard bought the higher of Vieira when Rangers confronted Good again in July 2020, with Jermaine Defoe and Jamie Barjonas scoring in a 2-0 victory.
When requested if there have been any video games throughout his participant profession towards Vieira that stood out he responded: ‘I do not wish to sit right here and boast, I’ve bought to face subsequent to this man for 90 minutes and he is 6ft 5, he is sturdy, so I have to be cautious with my phrases.
‘He completely terrorised Liverpool within the 2001 FA Cup closing. I had the unlucky process of attempting to mark him, and he was a lot too good for me on the day – however we managed to show the sport round and win 2-1, in order that definitely completed on a excessive for me.’
The pair beforehand met on the touchline when Gerrard’s Rangers beat Vieira’s Good aspect 2-0
Vieira in the meantime in his press convention admitted that enjoying Liverpool was ‘robust’ due to Gerrard.
He mentioned: ‘I believe we actually loved enjoying towards one another. Each single recreation we performed towards Liverpool was a troublesome problem due to Steven Gerrard.
‘He was an actual chief, an actual captain and was the most effective gamers in that place. He was a part of these gamers who modified the position of the holding midfielder.
‘Each recreation towards Liverpool, I bear in mind some just like the (2001) closing within the FA Cup that we misplaced however we had some video games the place we bought the end result so some good video games.’
Vieira and Gerrard’s routes to Premier League administration are comparable tales
He added: ‘Ending his profession, doing badges and going with the Below-23s (Gerrard with Liverpool and Vieira at Manchester Metropolis), that is the pathway I had.
‘I adopted him at Rangers. I noticed him once we performed a match in Lyon when he was at Rangers and I used to be at Good. It was good to see him and catch up just a little bit about our journey so it will likely be good to see him.’
Vieira left Good in December 2020 and returned to administration in the summertime changing Hodgson.
The Frenchman has made a promising begin to life at Crystal Palace, with the membership sitting tenth within the league after 12 video games.
Gerrard in his press convention complimented the Frenchman for the job he has executed thus far and expects his battles with Vieira to be simply as robust from the touchline.
Gerrard praised Vieira for his profitable begin at Crystal Palace forward of their conflict
He mentioned: ‘I anticipate the identical to be the case from the aspect. I do know he is a winner, a competitor, he is began the job off at Crystal Palace very well.
‘He is modified the fashion, I have to say Roy Hodgson did a implausible job prior, however he appears to have constructed on that good work, gone so much youthful in his recruitment, distinction of their fashion and he is bought his staff flying excessive in the intervening time.
‘It should be a troublesome take a look at we have a number of respect for the fixture developing forward however we wish to construct on our good work from this week as nicely.’
Gerrard solely made the leap from Rangers to Aston Villa earlier this month, however he bought off to a successful begin with a 2-0 victory towards Brighton.
The win ended a barren-run of 5 consecutive defeats which led to Dean Smith getting the sack.
The Liverpool legend bought off to a successful begin at Villa with a 2-0 victory over Brighton