6 perfect football reunions as Coutinho and Gerrard look to team up again

Aston Villa are understood to be one of a number of Premier League clubs hoping to seal the signing of Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho this January.

If their attempts to sign the Brazilian prove to be successful then it will set up a reunion between Coutinho and manager Steven Gerrard at Villa Park.

The pair previously played together for Liverpool, lining up alongside eachother a total of 81 times for the Reds between 2013 and 2015.

Ahead of their potential reunion, here are six more examples of perfect football reunions to excite Villa fans about the prospect of Coutinho's arrival.

Harry Redknapp and Niko Kranjcar

Having first brought Niko Kranjcar to England with Portsmouth in 2006, Harry Redknapp reunited with the Croatian midfielder at Tottenham Hotspur in 2009.

The pair had won the FA Cup with Pompey in 2008 and their success together continued at White Hart Lane as Spurs finished fourth in the league and qualified for the Champions League for the first time.

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Kranjcar made over half of his career appearances under Redknapp, with a total of 189 appearances under him, having reunited a second time in 2013.

Redknapp twice signed Kranjcar on loan while in charge of Queens Park Rangers, with his arrival helping the club gain promotion to the Premier League in 2014.

Kevin Nolan and Sam Allardyce

Kevin Nolan broke into the first team at Bolton Wanderers under Sam Allardyce in the 2000/01 season after coming through the club's academy.

The pair enjoyed a successful partnership at Bolton, establishing the Trotters in the Premier League before qualifying for the UEFA Cup.

By 2011, Allardyce was in charge of freshly relegated West Ham United and sought out the talents of his favourite son to bolster the Hammers' attack.

Nolan reunited with Allardyce and scored 12 league goals as West Ham were promoted to the Premier League at the first time of asking via the play-offs.

Ronaldo and Luis Figo

During Ronaldo's one season at Barcelona, he and Luis Figo were roommates as Barca won the Copa del Rey and European Cup Winners' Cup in 1996/97.

Fast forward five years and the pair would play together again but for Barca's arch-rivals Real Madrid as Ronaldo arrived from Inter Milan.

Figo had already made the controversial move two years earlier in 2000 and they picked up where they had left off at the Nou Camp.

Real won the league title that season as well as the Intercontinental Cup and Spanish Super Cup, with the pair combining for a total of 20 goals across the next three years.

Thierry Henry and Arsene Wenger

Five years on from selling Thierry Henry to Barcelona, Arsene Wenger brought his fellow Frenchman back to Arsenal on a short-term loan deal in 2012.

The duo had combined for two league titles and two FA Cups during Henry's first spell in north London and he would again play a crucial role the second time round.

Henry had a dream second debut for the Gunners as he came off the bench to bag a late winner against Leeds United in the FA Cup.

He did not finish there with crucial late goals either as he capped his month-long stay with a 91st-minute winner against Sunderland in his final Arsenal match.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Maxwell

With 37 trophies from his club career, Brazilian full-back Maxwell is considered to be one of the most decorated footballers of all-time.

His trophy-winning ways were often assisted by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with the pair playing together at a total of four clubs.

While they enjoyed success at Ajax, Inter Milan and Barcelona, it was their final reunion at Paris Saint-Germain that proved the most successful.

Between 2012 and 2016 they won four league titles, two French Cups, three French League Cups and four French Super Cups.

Carlos Tevez and Patrice Evra

Carlos Tevez and Patrice Evra first played together at Manchester United between 2007 and 2009, where they enjoyed considerable success.

United won two league titles and the Champions League during Tevez's two seasons at Old Trafford before he controversially joined rivals Manchester City.

He later reunited with Evra in Italy, though, when the French defender signed for Juventus in 2014, a year after Tevez had joined the club.

In their only season together in Italy, Evra and Tevez won a domestic double and helped the Old Lady reach their first Champions League final since 2003.

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