Gerrard confident Aston Villa can start climbing the table with the window closed

Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard is confident they have overcome their early season slump.

Last week Villa recorded a 1-1 draw with Manchester City in what was by far their best performance of the season so far.

“I think we can definitely feel more settled,” Gerrard said. “While the window is still open and the season is starting, there’s a lot of external and internal noise about who’s going, who’s staying…it’s hard to get into your rhythm, if you like, in terms of of who is going to be here and who is not.

“Until the last few hours we could have done without Douglas Luiz, but now that he’s here things have changed but, with the window closed, it gives you the chance to settle in.

“You know who you go with until the World Cup and until the next window opens, so hopefully we can now find our rhythm. We are coming off a positive performance and result and we want to go now.”

Gerrard spoke well of Belgium international Leander Dendoncker earlier, with the former Wolves man in line to make his debut tomorrow against Southampton.

“Leander is pushing for a starting spot in the squad, which should make current midfielders aware of that,” Gerrard stressed. “What I have seen so far of [Dendoncker and Bednarek] it’s that they push to play. They are not there to invent numbers. That’s what I want to see and I’ve been impressed with both.”

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