Aston Villa are in talks with Barcelona for the signature of the midfielder on loan for the rest of the season.


Several other Premier League sides are also believed to be interested, but former Liverpool man Coutinho is believed to prefer a move to Villa Park.



It has been claimed that the negotiations are at an advanced stage and Coutinho has given his approval to a move to Villa this month.


And according to Catalan daily Sport, Gerrard’s presence in the dugout is helping Aston Villa in their pursuit of the midfielder.



The Brazilian was a team-mate of the former midfielder at Liverpool and Gerrard has personally to spoken to him.


Coutinho trusts the Aston Villa manager as he looks to revive his career again in England and win a place in the Brazil squad for the World Cup later this year.



The 29-year-old believes his traits and ability are best-suited to the rigours of the Premier League.


Aston Villa are hoping to get the deal over the line and sign Coutinho on loan from Barcelona soon.