ASTON Villa coach Steven Gerrard has revealed the reason behind Marvelous Nakamba’s substitution in the 2-1 league defeat to Liverpool on Tuesday.
Nakamba (28) was in the first eleven and played impressively for an hour as a defensive midfielder.
The Zimbabwean was replaced by Carney Chukwuemeka and Villa went on to concede just three minutes later after the change.
Explaining why Nakamba was subbed off, Gerrard told the Birmingham Mail: “The big frustration was that Marvelous Nakamba couldn’t carry on because he asked to be changed.
We knew he would run out of steam at some point and Douglas went into the middle and, obviously, the ball got stolen off him.
Maybe with Marv that might not have happened but, look, it is what it is and we have to look after Marv and his body.
That’s the most important thing.
We’re disappointed with both goals we’ve conceded.”
Gerald recently revealed that he will slowly integrate Nakamba back into the team after the midfielder recovered from an injury.
Nakamba has been side-lined for almost four months after damaging knee ligaments in Villa’s 1-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield back in December
Marvelous Nakamba’s performance report against Liverpool.
Successful dribbles 1/1 (100%)
Accurate Long Balls 1/1 (100%)
Defence Tackles Won 2/ 2 (100%)
Dribbled Past 3