Steven Gerrard heaps praise on ‘world-class’ Barcelona outcast Philippe Coutinho and gushes over his ‘INCREDIBLE’ highlight reels… with Aston Villa working on a deal to sign his former Liverpool team-mate
- Aston Villa have showed strong interest in Barcelona outcast Philippe Coutinho
- Villa boss Steven Gerrard played alongside the Brazilian at Anfield from 2013-15
- The former Liverpool captain hailed Coutinho as ‘a wonderful footballer’
- But Merseyside rivals Everton have also been offered the chance to sign him
Steven Gerrard delivered a glowing assessment of Philippe Coutinho as Aston Villa work on a deal to sign his former Liverpool team-mate from Barcelona.
Villa are showing a strong interest in Coutinho, who is out of favour in Spain, after he and Gerrard played together at Anfield from 2013-15.
The Villa boss would not discuss the specifics of a potential transfer but it was clear how highly he regards Coutinho, who moved to Barca from Liverpool for £142million in January 2018.
Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard (left) gave a glowing assessment of Philippe Coutinho (right)
‘He’s a wonderful footballer,’ said Gerrard. ‘To share a dressing room and a pitch with Coutinho was an absolute pleasure because he is on a level that very few footballers are on.
‘His imagination, his creativity, some of the highlight reels are incredible and there for all to see. I think the name speaks for itself.
‘What I won’t do here or elsewhere is speak about players who belong to other clubs, that’s not fair or respectful.
The Villa boss played with the Brazilian midfielder at Liverpool for two-and-a-half years
‘But I do appreciate his name is out there and he is linked to Aston Villa, but he is also linked to five or six other clubs in this league.
‘I’m sure there would be a long list of foreign clubs linked with Philippe’s services as well as you are talking about a world-class player.
‘I understand and respect it but I can’t give anything further than that.’