Steven Gerrard name checked West Ham when speaking to old pal Jamie Carragher in an interview on his ambitions for Aston Villa.
West Ham are flying again this season, fighting on all fronts thanks to the brilliant transformation overseen by David Moyes.
Gerrard has made a good start at Villa. The legendary former midfielder has overseen two wins from three since taking over at Aston Villa last month.
And he faces his former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers when Villa take on Leicester before an Anfield homecoming next week.
Gerrard will go to Liverpool with Villa to face a side that has lost just once in the last eight months. And that defeat was inflicted by fourth-placed West Ham.
West Ham beat Villa 4-1 at Villa Park back in October in one of the results which set Dean Smith on his way out of the exit door.
Steven Gerrard name checks West Ham in Jamie Carragher interview on Aston Villa
Now, speaking in an interview with his old teammate Carragher, Gerrard name checks West Ham when discussing his ambitions for Aston Villa.
“Obviously I’ve took it (the Villa job) on the back of a disappointing run of results,” Gerrard told Carragher (Football Daily).
“But I look at teams now and I looked at teams from afar before I took the job like West Ham, like Leicester – teams like that, that are part of a European journey now.
“Leicester won the FA Cup last year. I believe at a club like Aston Villa, for us to get back and be serious it is to go on a European journey at some point, it is to compete for one of the domestic cups.”
Gerrard’s comments only serve to show what a brilliant job Moyes has done at West Ham.
The Hammers are now the benchmark for clubs like Villa who aspire to move up to the next level.
Villa are a big, historic club in their own right.
Gerrard also points out in the interview that the owners have invested heavily in the squad.
West Ham have proved, though, that it is not about how much money you spend but how you spend it.
The Hammers splashed the cash under Manuel Pellegrini and things did not work out.
But under Moyes recruitment has been much more considered.
The Scot does his due diligence on all potential signings and makes sure they are good characters as well as talented players.
And that has been in evidence on the pitch over the last two years.