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Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard tipped to make sensational transfer moves for current and former Liverpool stars



Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard has been tipped to raid his former club Liverpool for Roberto Firmino and sign his ex-teammate Philippe Coutinho.

Villa have largely impressed since Gerrard replaced Dean Smith as manager in November, climbing to 12th in the Premier League, 11 points above the relegation zone.

Gerrard still wants to bolster his squad at Villa Park during the January transfer window, however, and could look to his ex-club Liverpool for reinforcements, according to former Republic of Ireland striker Tony Cascarino.

Cascarino believes Gerrard could target Brazilian striker Firmino this month, as well as former Liverpool star and Barcelona flop Coutinho.

‘It’s only my gut feeling – I think Aston Villa will go for one big Liverpool player, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Firmino left and went to Villa,’ Cascarino told talkSPORT.

Managers love going back to clubs they’ve worked with and Danny Ings has not worked for Villa, in my opinion. I’m surprised because I really like Danny, I think he’s a terrific player, but I don’t feel he’s worked out.

‘Ollie Watkins needs a Firmino-type player to get the best out of him, and I think Gerrard is going to look for that type of player.

When Gerrard is talking about exciting the Villa fans, they’re going big.

‘I know people will be saying, “hang on, Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool would never let him go”, but Firmino has been a sub way too often.

‘[Diogo] Jota has taken his place at Liverpool and he might know there’s a possibility of getting someone.’

On Coutinho, who left Liverpool to join Barcelona in 2018, Cascarino added: ‘There’s talk that Tottenham, Arsenal and Everton are interested in him, but Gerrard knows Coutinho

He might think he knows how to get the best out of him. I’m talking that level of transfer.

‘A player at the very top end who has played for the biggest clubs, and been successful. I think that’s where Gerrard’s coming from.

‘If he’s talking about exciting the Villa fans, he’s not talking about someone coming out of the Championship or maybe a mid-table Premier League team to come to the club.’

Gerrard’s Aston Villa continue their Premier League campaign on Sunday against Brentford, while Liverpool face Chelsea later in the day.

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