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As much as Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard may insist his mind is focused purely on his team beating Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday, there can be no denying the emotions his return to Anfield will stir.

A local product who joined the team’s youth squad as a nine-year-old, Gerrard went on to make 504 appearances for the club, most famously captaining Liverpool to an astonishing comeback over AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final.

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