Steven George Gerrard MBE (born 30 May 1980) is an English professional football manager and former player who manages Scottish Premiership club Rangers.
He spent the majority of his playing career as a central midfielder for Liverpool, with most of that time spent as club captain, as well as captaining the England national team. Widely regarded as one of the greatest midfielders of all time,
Gerrard was awarded the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year award in 2005, and the Ballon d'Or Bronze Award. In 2009, Zinedine Zidane and Pelé said that they considered Gerrard to be the best footballer in the world.
Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard insists he will have to be patient and will only "unleash" Philippe Coutinho on the Premier League when he's ready.
Gerrard brought his former Liverpool teammate back to England after a nightmare two-and-a-half years with Barcelona. The Brazilian toiled after ditching Anfield for Camp Nou and even a loan spell at Bayern Munich was unable to reignite his career.The lure of working with Gerrard again brought him back to the Premier League though as he penned a loan deal until the end of the season.
And former Rangers boss Gerrard, who also landed Lucas Digne from Everton, says he will wait until the time is right to thrust him into action.
Gerrard admits Coutinho isn't quite up to speed just yet and the Birmingham Mail note he is likely to start on the bench against Manchester United this weekend.Read more on dailyrecord.co.uk