Gerrard played alongside Coutinho at Liverpool and has hailed the Brazilian ‘a world-class individual player and footballer’ but refused to acknowledge whether or not he has been in direct contact with the 29-year-old over a potential move to the west midlands.
“He is a wonderful footballer,” Gerrard said.
“To share a dressing room and a pitch with Coutinho was an absolute pleasure.
“He was on a level that very few footballers are on with his imagination and creativity.
“His highlight reels are there for all to see.
“The name speaks for itself.
“But what I won’t do here or anywhere else is speak about players that belong to other clubs.
“That is not fair or respectful.
“But I do appreciate his name is out there and he is linked to Aston Villa.
“But he is also linked to five-six other clubs in this league and I am sure there would be a long list of foreign clubs that are linked with Philippe’s services as well.
“You are talking about a world-class individual and player.
“I understand and respect it but I can’t give anything further than that.”
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