Gerrard wants Villa to really upset the top six, push for a European place and to improve the club's home form.
He said: “I've always embraced pressure, that's why I went into management. I want to be at clubs that have internal targets. I want to be involved in an ambitious club.
“Christian Purslow was asked the question last night and, of course, we've got two ambitious owners. Johan, Christian and myself share the same vision and ambition to finish as high as we can in the table. If that inevitably means we snatch a European place, fantastic, because we've got to reach for the stars, of course we have. But the minimum for me is we've got to be operating in the top-half of the league."
On gatecrashing the top six or seven, Gerrard commented: “It's very difficult. It's a huge challenge but we've got to be ambitious. We've got to believe. It's not impossible. It's happened before, you've seen it, you've seen the Leicester story which was epic. But, outside of that, you see teams like West Ham, you see Wolves, we've seen other teams really disrupt the top-six, huge clubs, and we need to take each game at a time.
“We don't need to set any unnecessary targets but we want to be one of those teams that tries to upset the natural dynamics of the Premier League. That's what we'll try and do. It might take time, we might have to be patient but that's the ambition of the club from the top down. We don't want to be operating at 14th or at the lower-end of the table. We want to be ambitious and aim up and look up."