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Five managers who signed old team-mates as Philippe Coutinho makes Aston Villa debut

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Steven Gerrard has already won over the Aston Villa fans with the sensational loan signing of Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona, and with Lucas Digne joining from Everton, they could become the real deal.

Gerrard replaced Dean Smith who was sacked following a run of five consecutive Premier League defeats, and the former Rangers boss has already become a favourite at Villa Park.

Here Mirror Football takes a look at five other managers that have signed players that they used to play alongside themselves... Xavi and Dani Alves played alongside one another at Barcelona between 2008 and 2015, and the pair were part of a dominant side that won five La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues.

Simeone left in 2005 before retiring in Argentina, and Torres joined Liverpool, but the pair were then reunited many years later as the Atleti boss signed the striker in 2016 after an initial loan spell.

Villa are still struggling for creativity following the summer departure of Jack Grealish, but Gerrard has used his contacts to bring in the Champions League winner, who he played with while the pair were at Liverpool.

Rooney became Derby boss in 2020 and decided to give his former teammate a lifeline, and signed Morrison ahead of this season.

Torres' career plummeted after he left Liverpool in 2011, the same year that Simeone became Atleti manager, but his form did pick back up as he returned to the Spanish capital to play under his former teammate.
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