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Report: Steven Gerrard poaches Liverpool figure for Aston Villa who has spent 17 years at Anfield

Steven Gerrard and Aston Villa have moved to sign a figure from Liverpool, according to reports. Paul Roscoe leaves the club after 17 years.

This comes from the Athletic. They claim that Aston Villa have moved to sign Liverpool’s academy player care manager Paul Roscoe. Roscoe has been with the Reds for 17 years now but will move on in the summer for a more senior role within Villa.

He’ll now work closely with their first-team squad, rather than at youth level as he has done with Liverpool. It is, of course, easy to see the link here.

Villa boss Steven Gerrard started his coaching career within Liverpool’s youth setup. He’ll have worked with Roscoe as a result and clearly believes he can help contribute at a senior level in the midlands.

This isn’t the first such move, either. Gerrard brought Liverpool coach Michael Beale with him to Rangers and then Villa, demonstrating a desire to work alongside those at Anfield.

Steven Gerrard signs Paul Roscoe from Liverpool

Next season is a huge one for Gerrard at Villa. Results really fell away over the second half of the season but you can’t exactly call this ‘his’ squad yet. The former Liverpool captain will hope to move things in that direction over the summer, though.

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And a part of that is adding to his staff behind the scenes. Roscoe’s departure is said to be a ‘blow’ to Liverpool so we can only imagine that’s an equally good thing for Villa.

Gerrard, though, needs to get things right in his first full season in charge. He left Rangers for an undeniably bigger job at Villa, only to see his former club make history by reaching the Europa League final. The Scouser, in contrast, has seen his reputation stall a little over the course of 2022.

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