Four Liverpool players Steven Gerrard could sign for Aston Villa with deal ‘close’
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Steven Gerrard is close to becoming Aston Villa’s new boss, according to reports. Dean Smith was axed last week after a poor string of results, which has left Villa in the midst of a relegation battle.
According to a report in the Daily Record, Villa legend Gabriel Agbonlahor is confident Gerrard will be announced as the new boss imminently.
“I’m hearing reports it’s close to being done as well,” Agbonlahor said on talkSPORT.
“I think for Steven Gerrard it’s the perfect club, it gets him to the Premier League, managing in the Premier League.
“Aston Villa, the fifth richest owners in the English Premier League, they’ve got money to spend, they will give him money to spend in January, if needed.
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“Look at the squad of players, that’s a squad of players who should be fighting to get into the top six, they have got some really good players in there.
“For me, it would be a great job for Steven Gerrard, it would be a shame for Rangers, he’s done an outstanding job there, I’m sorry Ally [McCoist]!
“I think you’re going to lose him mate.”
It seems inevitable that one day Gerrard will take charge at Liverpool, but for now he could use some help from his former club if he is announced as Villa’s new boss.
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With that in mind, here is a look at four players Gerrard could bring to Villa Park from Liverpool.
The 26-year-old continues to face an uncertain future at Anfield after a lack of first-team opportunities.
Origi has played just 16 Premier League minutes across two games this season, both of which have unsurprisingly come from the bench.
The Belgium international scored at West Ham on Sunday and has netted in both of his starts in the EFL Cup against Norwich and Preston respectively.
Origi would provide some welcome competition for the likes of Ollie Watkins and the injured Danny Ings up top.
A loan move seems the most likely option.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has started Liverpool’s previous two games, but the midfielder had struggled to nail down a starting berth in Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Injuries have significantly hampered Oxlade-Chamberlain’s Anfield career and have restricted his development as a player.
The 28-year-old has been linked with a return to former club Arsenal, but could be swayed by Gerrard, should Klopp look to offload the former England midfielder.
If it’s attacking flair Gerrard is looking for then Minamino could bring that to Villa Park.
Villa already have plenty of options in wide-forward positions, with the likes of Emiliano Buendia, Leon Bailey, Anwar El-Ghazi and Bertrand Traore, but Minamino would bring something different.
Minamino had a successful loan spell at Southampton in the second half of last season, but has struggled for game time on his return to Liverpool.
The Japan international may look for another loan move in January in pursuit of more first-team minutes.
The 24-year-old could help sure up a Villa defence that has already leaked 20 goals in the Premier League this season.
Phillips made 17 league appearances in the previous campaign to help cover the loss of several Liverpool defenders including Virgil van Dijk, but the centre-back hasn’t played at all this season.
The central defender has been previously loaned out to gain experience with Stuttgart, and another loan move could be in the pipeline should Gerrard come calling.
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