In one of the most surprising transfers we’ve seen, Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard convinced Phillipe Coutinho to join the club on loan for the remainder of the season.
Gerrard took over at Villa Park in November 2021 and made his ex-Liverpool team-mate his first signing as Aston Villa manager.
Coutinho has been on the Barcelona transfer list for a few years now, having failed to live up to his £ 142million transfer fee during his four years in Spain.
The Brazil international had been linked with Newcastle United and a return to Liverpool this month before Villa fell apart – perhaps remembering the damage Coutinho inflicted on them during his first stint in England.
Just two months after joining the Reds, Coutinho traveled to Villa Park in March 2013 with Liverpool looking to move up the Premier League table under Brendan Rodgers.
But Liverpool followed a strike from Christian Benteke before the Brazilian teamed up with Gerrard to create Liverpool’s equalizer.
After recovering the ball from Jose Enrique deep in his own half, the Liverpool captain sent a delicious ball to Coutinho down the left flank.
Taking a throw-in to assess his options, the playmaker dissected Villa’s defense with a through pass and found Jordan Henderson who pushed the ball back.
Liverpool eventually won the game 2-1 thanks to a penalty from Gerrard and Villa fans are hopeful Coutinho will have a similar impact in the West Midlands.
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