Steven Gerrard waxes lyrical about Philippe Coutinho’s arrival at Aston Villa as he insists his former Liverpool team-mate’s presence will be ‘INVALUABLE’ for his side after he successfully completed his medical
- Philippe Coutinho is set to join Aston Villa on loan until the end of the season
- The Brazil star has completed his medical and is now waiting on a work permit
- Steven Gerrard is delighted to welcome his ex-Liverpool team-mate to Villa
- He says his arrival is crucial given injuries and AFCON have decimated his squad
Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard says the signing of Philippe Coutinho ‘will be invaluable’ after the Brazilian successfully completed his medical.
Villa announced on their official website that Coutinho has successfully completed his medical and is currently in France obtaining a work permit.
Gerrard said: ‘Philippe is currently in the process of finalising his immigration papers and we are looking forward to getting him on the training pitch with the group on Wednesday at Bodymoor.
Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard says the signing of Philippe Coutinho ‘will be invaluable’
Gerrard is delighted to welcome his ex-Liverpool team-mate with Villa’s squad threadbare
‘He is an outstanding footballer who boasts a highly impressive CV laced with plenty of elite honours.
‘I am really pleased that we have been able to bring him on board and I am looking forward to working with him.
‘He is a player I enjoyed playing with previously and I know the rest of the squad here at Aston Villa will benefit from his quality and experience.
‘His presence will be invaluable given injuries and the AFCON tournament have reduced our attacking options.’
Gerrard and Coutinho played alongside one another at Liverpool for two-and-a-half years
Villa have signed Coutinho on loan for the rest of the season from Barcelona and have the option to buy the former Liverpool midfielder.
Barcelona confirmed the Premier League club will pay part of Coutinho’s wages as he returns to England after four years and teams back up with former Liverpool team-mate Gerrard.
Coutinho joined Barcelona from Liverpool in 2018 in a deal worth £146million but has struggled at the Nou Camp and spent 2019-20 on loan at Bayern Munich.
Despite helping Barca win LaLiga in 2018 and 2019 he never found the form he displayed in the Premier League.
Coutinho becomes Gerrard’s first signing at Villa since he joined from Rangers in November to replace Dean Smith.
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