Steven Gerrard reacts to Coutinho performance as Aston Villa demolish Leeds

Philippe Coutinho is progressively regaining his best form under Steven Gerrard’s tutelage, as the former Liverpool midfielder inspired Aston Villa to a comfortable win over Leeds United on Thursday night.

The 29-year-old scored once more to lead his side to a 3-0 win over Leeds in a Premier League match played away from home.

Steven Gerrard hails Coutinho show as Aston Villa demolish Leeds

Philippe Coutinho celebrating his Aston Villa goal vs Leeds United

Leeds struggled to produce anything going forward, so it’s a straightforward win for the visitors in the end.

Gerrard’s team seized the lead 22 minutes into the game when Coutinho scored his fourth goal of the season with a drive from just inside the area that deflected off Struijk and into the net.

No Premier League midfielder has contributed to more goals than Philippe Coutinho since he made his Aston Villa debut (4 goals, 3 assists).

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Most goals + assists in the Premier League since Philippe Coutinho made his Aston Villa debut:

▪️ 8 – Harry Kane
▪️ 7 – Philippe Coutinho
▪️ 7 – Bruno Fernandes
▪️ 6 – Kevin De Bruyne

He’s obviously back to his best.

The Whites started the second half much sharper and appeared more dangerous, but the Villans stayed firm and increased their advantage after 65 minutes when Ings found Cash inside the box and hammered past Meslier.

8 minutes later, Chambers capped it off with a superb finish. Mings passed the ball to him, and the centre-back blasted a lovely attempt into the top left corner.

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They saw out the last minutes to secure the clean sheet and the victory.

The hosts remain in 16th place, just two points above the relegation zone, after yet another humiliating defeat.

Next week, they’ll face Norwich City in a crucial match at the bottom of the table, and they’ll be anxious for three points to calm their nerves.

The visitors’ remarkable triumph lifts them up to ninth position in the table, and they will aim to make it four league wins in a row when they face West Ham next.

Aston Villa are gathering much momentum and for the first time since a run of four in December 2009 under Martin O’Neill, they have won 3 successive Premier League games without conceding.

?”The players were magnificent tonight and Philippe Coutinho is a joy to watch, we love him here. Buy option for €40m? It’s more complicated than people think. The option is there. If it was my money, I think you know the answer.” – Steven Gerrard

Philippe Coutinho’s game by numbers vs. Leeds:

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86% pass accuracy
58 touches
16 passes in the final third (most)
7 touches in the opp. box (most)
5 duels won
4 take-ons completed
3 shots (=most)
3 chances created (=most)
3 possessions won

Another game, another masterclass from the Brazilian.

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