Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard pictured in Liverpool pub

PICTURED: Under-fire Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard pops into a Liverpool pub to meet a relative – but locals deny viral claims he ‘was drunk because he’d been SACKED’

  • Steven Gerrard was pictured at a Liverpool pub on Monday evening
  • It led to social media suggestions he had been sacked by his club Aston Villa
  • 42-year-old is under severe pressure following a run of bad results for Villa
  • But the Bowring Park pub denied the suggestions Gerrard was drinking heavily
  • They tweeted he visited briefly to see a relative and posed for photographs 

The Liverpool pub where Steven Gerrard was pictured on Monday night amid rumours of his imminent sacking by Aston Villa has said the under-pressure manager just called in briefly and wasn’t drinking heavily.

Tweets emerged on social media on Monday night of Gerrard posing for pictures in the Bowring Park pub in Liverpool that suggested Villa had sacked him following poor results.

One tweet suggested Gerrard was ‘absolutely smashed’ and had been fired by the Villa Park club.  

The 42-year-old former England and Liverpool midfielder was cradling a baby in in one picture and with his arms around two men in another.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Bowring Park denied Gerrard had been drinking heavily as had been suggested on social media and that he’d called in to meet up with relatives.

They wrote: ‘All these pictures going around of Steven Gerrard out he was in our pub with his mates wasn’t there for long at all just called in on his way passed to see a relative no drunk scenes or embarrassment just let the fella enjoy a bit of normality!’

Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard has been pictured at a pub in Liverpool on Monday

Gerrard (left) posed for pictures with pub punters amid reports he has been sacked by Villa

In further replies, the account said: ‘Credit to him very professional took time to speak to everyone not in the slightest way did he show what people are saying he was drunk and whatever else this is 100% was not the case we would of been first to confirm this.

‘I’d understand if saying pressure ment [sic] about him getting slashed on a night out genuinely wasn’t the case here had a few spoke about Liverpool Aston Villa his passion for both clubs and that was all quality man with an amazing attitude to the game.

‘Can confirm he wasn’t on anything no drugs [on] premises also had all the time in the world to hold the child on the photo and speak about many different things all what has been said is a lie just a catch up with his family and friends in a local nothing more.

The Bowring Park pub denied viral suggestions on social media that Gerrard was drunk 

Further replies said Gerrard took time to speak to those in the pub and also pose for pictures

Bowring Park said the Villa manager was happy to pose for pictures and chat during his visit

Gerrard is under increasing pressure amid a poor start to the season by Aston Villa

‘The photo of the child is our managers 6 week old child who asked Stevie if he could take a picture of him with the baby.’

Gerrard has come under intense pressure with Villa 16th in the Premier League table, just one point above the relegation zone having won just one of their last seven matches.

Villa were beaten 2-0 at home by Chelsea on Sunday.

It came as Villa denied reports that former Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino was being lined up as a potential replacement for Gerrard.

Ex Spurs and PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino has been touted as one possible replacement

Villa’s communications director Tommy Jordan took to Twitter on Monday night to rubbish claims Gerrard had already been dismissed by the club.

Jordan posted: ‘How many times can you publish complete lies before people unfollow the account? Not sure why anyone actually follows this account. If you do, you shouldn’t.’

Villa are in next in action on Thursday night, when they go away to Fulham, before Brentford make the trip to the West Midlands on Sunday.

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