Steven Gerrard was unable to make it three wins out of three as Aston Villa manager after losing 2-1 to Manchester City in midweek.
Their next Premier League clash sees them take on Leicester City this Sunday to try and get their winning streak back on track.
In terms of which players Gerrard could pick for his starting XI to take on the Foxes, one man who featured in the defeat against Pep Guardiola’s side and should be in the team on Sunday is midfielder Douglas Luiz, who set up Villa’s consolation goal against the Premier League champions.
Making his first start since Villa’s 3-1 defeat against Arsenal back in October, Luiz played the full 90 minutes against his former club and prove to Gerrard how valuable he can be for the team from an attacking and defensive point of view.
With 55 touches of the ball, the 23-year-old made 28 accurate passes, five key passes, two crosses and three long balls, highlighting his range of passing ability.
From a defensive point of view, Luiz – who is currently earning £52k-per-week according to Salary Sport – won five duels, blocked one shot, and made two clearances and two interceptions against the reigning champions.
The performance ultimately earned the Brazilian an overall match rating of 7.3/10, leaving just John McGinn and Ollie Watkins with higher ratings on the night for the home side according to SofaScore.
Birmingham Live also picked up on Luiz’s performance by saying that he “was solid on his return and looked fired up against his former side. Standout operator in Villa’s engine room. Looked like he had the bit between his teeth.”
Taking all this into account, it would make sense for Gerrard to stick with Luiz, who Villa journalist Gregg Evans previously claimed was “better than [Paul] Pogba” when the Brazilian played against Manchester United in July 2020, to see if he can replicate the same standard of performance against Leicester and cause them some problems as he did against Man City.
Whether or not Gerrard goes with Luiz in the team to face Leicester, he will surely this match as a great opportunity to get back to winning ways against his former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, given how the Foxes have won just one of their five previous league games.