New Aston Villa boss Gerrard: I've joined an iconic club; we'll go to Liverpool to win

 New Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard insists there'll be no loyalty towards Liverpool.

In his first in-depth interview since being appointed as Dean Smith's successor, the Reds and England legend outlined his excitement at taking the job and revealed his side will be targeting three points from their trip to Merseyside.

Questioned on the build-up to his return by VillaTV, Gerrard, 41, said: "I don't think me or anyone else will be able to control the noise. For me, that's not important.

"What is important is the chance to go to Anfield and win, to take maximum points, which is the attitude and mentality we have going into every game. It is what it is.

"I want to win every game. My priority and focus, and everything I will give on a daily basis, will be for Aston Villa. One thing I can guarantee the supporters, the players and the staff here is that when I commit to something, I'm all in."

Negotiations were quickly wrapped up, with Rangers paid £2.5million in compensation, and Gerrard has now admitted he is relishing getting started.

"I think Aston Villa sells itself," he added. "It's an iconic football club that I know pretty well from the outside. I'm excited to get involved inside, start building relationships, get on the training pitch and get started.

"The excitement levels are really, really high. I'm very ambitious and the start can't come quick enough."