Steven Gerrard brutally mocked by Specsavers after becoming Aston Villa manager

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Steven Gerrard has completed his move to Aston Villa after heavy speculation, and the Liverpool legend has been mocked following his Rangers exit by optician’s Specsavers, who replied with a savage tweet.

Steven Gerrard has officially been appointed as the new Aston Villa manager after the club announced his arrival on Thursday morning.

The announcement was met with excitement, anger and like always in the world of social media, mockery, and even optician chain Specsavers got in on the act.

The classic advertising slogan of ‘should’ve gone to Specsavers’ is still commonly used as a dig in football for a variety of reasons, and the admin team at the company are also well known for the occasional viral tweet as they wind up certain fan bases depending on what’s current.

Their latest post marks the turn of Gerrard and the Liverpool fans to be targeted, as they and their club legend have been savagely mocked.

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Gerrard ended his three-and-a-half year stay at Ibrox to seek a new challenge in the Premier League, and Rangers fans were furious that their manager had jumped ship mid-season, with the club top of the Scottish League.

The decision to leave the club so suddenly mirrored Brendan Rodgers’ move from Celtic to Leicester as the integrity of the Scottish Premiership took another humiliating blow, but a tweet from Specsavers cheered up the Rangers faithful, at the expense of their former boss.

Specsavers replied to Villa’s announcement, and said: “Did he slip into your DMs to confirm?”.

The savage response was in reference to Gerrard’s damaging slip against Chelsea during Liverpool’s title charge at the end of the 2013/14 season, where the former captain missed out on winning his first Premier League trophy.

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In what was one of the most infamous Premier League moments of all-time, Gerrard’s slip allowed Demba Ba to break through and score the opening goal at Anfield as Chelsea took the lead, and Liverpool failed to recover.

If Gerrard hadn’t of slipped, Liverpool may have gone on to win the game, and the Reds would’ve then had enough points to win the Premier League title, but Manchester City won the league by two points.

Gerrard never managed to win the title he desired so much with his boyhood club, and came agonisingly close via this slip, which has haunted him ever since.

However, Gerrard did manage his first league title with Rangers, and became an instant hero amongst the blue half of Glasgow as he led his side to their 55th crown, doing so without a single defeat.

Unfortunately for Gerrard, the nature in which he has parted ways with Rangers has already led to a lot of backlash online, with many suggesting that he has undone everything that he achieved while at Ibrox due to a lack of respect.

Rangers posted a statement after Villa announced the appointment, and it signed off with: “Rangers Football Club would like to put on record their thanks to Steven and his staff and wish them every success in the future. They will always be welcome at Ibrox.”

The fan reaction online however, tends to suggest that he may not be welcomed by everyone, despite helping Rangers back to the top of the Scottish League after years of Celtic dominance.

Gerrard now focuses on a three-and-a-half year project with Villa, and his first task will be to steer them to a respectable finish this season, with the club sat in 16th place.

Former manager Dean Smith did a tremendous job at Villa, but was sacked following a run of five straight defeats despite the fact that Jack Grealish was sold in the summer, and two summer signings had been suffering with injury.

The Premier League is ruthless though, and Gerrard knows first-hand just how brutal the English top-flight can be.

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