Former Liverpool Midfielder Advises Aston Villa on Philippe Coutinho

 Former Liverpool Midfielder Advises Aston Villa on Philippe Coutinho

Former Liverpool player Danny Murphy believes Aston Villa should sign Philippe Coutinho on a permanent basis this summer.

The Brazilian is currently on loan at Villa Park, but his parent club Barcelona is expected to sell him in the summer, as he appears to be surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp.

Coutinho joined the club in January and made an immediate impression on his debut, scoring and assisting Jacob Ramsay in a 2-2 draw with Manchester United. The 30-year-form old’s has been questioned in recent weeks after an outstanding start to life in the Midlands.

The Villa playmaker hasn’t scored or assisted in his last six games, raising doubts about the club’s decision to sign him this summer.

During Villa’s 2-0 win against Norwich on Saturday, Coutinho showed signs of regaining his best form, and Murphy feels the club should pursue a permanent transfer for the former Liverpool star.

“I think he’s struggled a bit recently and there’s reasons for that,” Murphy said whilst discussing Villa’s win over Norwich on Match of the Day.

“First half today he was lacking a little bit of confidence. But I tell you what he kept doing, like good players do, is getting on the ball and make things happen.

“He hasn’t played anywhere regularly for the last couple of years then he’s come into the Premier League and been asked to play intense football in a side that don’t have lots of possession and adapt really quickly to playing week in week out in the toughest league in Europe.

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“There was going to be a drop, it coincided with the team’s dip as well. Second half he came out and was at it again little flicks round the corner, I think good players always try and get onto the ball even when they’re having a bad day and it sometimes makes things worse.

“But nearly all their good moves came from him, they’ve got a similar player in [Emiliano] Buendia I know he’s [Steven Gerrard] only played them together a couple of times so that might be a predicament he has to solve in the summer. But if you’re asking me would I go in for him for £33million I’d say yes 100 percent.”

Coutinho has scored four goals and notched three assists in 14 appearances thus far for the Midlands club. Goals from strike duo Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings were enough to seal a 2-0 win over Norwich; Villa’s first in their last six Premier League games.