Houllier will be a success at Aston Villa, says Gerrard
Gerrard is grateful to Houllier for giving him his chance at Liverpool
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has backed ex-Reds boss Gerard Houllier to be a success as Aston Villa's new boss.
Houllier has been confirmed as Martin O'Neill's successor at Villa Park after quitting as technical director of the French Football Federation.
"Aston Villa have got themselves a very good manager," said Gerrard, who made his debut for the Merseysiders under Houllier in 1999.
"He has been desperate to get back involved in the Premier League."
Houllier is expected to be formally introduced to the media as Villa manager at a news conference on Friday and will take charge of the team when they visit Stoke in the Premier League on Monday.
The Frenchman spent six years on Merseyside between 1998 and 2004 and England skipper Gerrard has fond memories of their time together.
"I've still got quite a close relationship with Gerard," added the 30-year-old Reds midfielder. "He gave me my chance at the top level and I certainly learnt an awful lot from him. I know how much he loves football.
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