Gerrard explains why he loaned Coutinho at Aston Villa
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Aston Villa face a tough Premier League trip to Everton on Saturday as they look to get back to winning ways. The Villans haven’t won since mid-December and face a Toffees side desperate to move away from the relegation places.
Villa boss Steven Gerrard is set to face Everton for the first time as a manager, having enjoyed a stellar playing career with their Merseyside neighbours Liverpool.
Gerrard made 710 appearances for the Reds during an illustrious career which also saw him capped 114 times by England.
During his time at Anfield, the former midfielder won the Champions League, the UEFA Cup, two FA Cups and three League Cups.
He was also a key part of Brendan Rodgers’ side which appeared destined to lift the Premier League trophy for the first time in their history in 2014 before being pipped at the post by Manchester City.
It would therefore be quite understandable that Gerrard may hold some animosity towards Everton.
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After all, the two clubs do have one of the biggest rivalries in English football.
And back in 2019, Gerrard was interviewed by his former Reds team-mate Peter Crouch on Amazon Prime, where he was asked whether he preferred beating Everton or Manchester United.
“That’s like, which one of the Kardashians that,” Gerrard said as he and Crouch burst into laughter. “It’s tough. I can’t [choose].”
Crouch then suggested to Gerrard that he must therefore “hate them both”.
And Gerrard responded: “I don’t… yeah, I hate both of them,” as he cheekily smirked at the ex-striker.
Gerrard arrived at Villa Park to a rapturous welcome after taking over from Dean Smith in November.
Smith was sacked after Villa had lost five Premier League games in a row.
Gerrard won four of his first six matches in charge as the Villans saw off Brighton, Crystal Palace, Leicester and Norwich.
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Those results helped the side climb up the Premier League table after they had appeared to be heading for a relegation battle before the ex-Rangers boss took the helm.
But since the victory over Norwich, Villa have suffered top-flight defeats to Chelsea and Brentford as well as drawing with Manchester United.
And they were also dumped out of the FA Cup by the Red Devils earlier this month.
So Gerrard is sure to have the bit between his teeth at Goodison Park.
If Villa beat Everton, they could jump as high as 10th. But Everton will be looking to frustrate the former Liverpool hero as they begin life without Rafa Benitez, who was sacked last Sunday.
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