Monday, 6th December 2010

Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier is said he is disappointed to be facing a Liverpool side that will be missing both Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher when he takes his team to Anfield tonight for their Premier League clash.

Houllier played a big part in the development of both players and was recently rated by Carragher as the best manager he had ever played under. The Frenchman believes that it will be a shame that his two former players are out through injury.

"I would have wished Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher would be playing against us because I like them as men and as players", said Houllier to Liverpool’s official site.

"Unfortunately, both of them will be absent. I wish Jamie the quickest recovery ever. I think Stevie will be back maybe one week later. I’m not one who says ‘I’m happy they are not playing’ I would have liked them to play against my team."

Houllier looks set for an emotional return to Anfield having managed Liverpool between 1998 and 2004 and led the club to an unprecedented treble of cup trophies (FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup) in 2001.


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