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Steven Gerrard is utilising the power of social media to build team spirit at Aston Villa.
In another insight into Gerrard’s methods and modern approach, it can be revealed that Villa’s new head coach has set up a private Instagram account for his first-team squad.
The ‘Bodymoor1’ account is run by Gerrard and his coaches and followed by most of Villa’s players, with easy access to match analysis, training session clips and motivational books and quotes.
Clips from Villa’s 2-0 win over Brighton on Saturday, which was Gerrard’s first game in charge, are understood to be on the account.
Gerrard introduced a similar idea at former club Rangers and the Instagram page is designed to encourage interaction between players and promote his new philosophy.
Telegraph Sport revealed earlier this week that Gerrard has banned fizzy drinks, sauces, hot chocolate and some puddings from the canteen at Villa’s training base Bodymoor Heath.
‘Bodymoor1’ is another tool Gerrard is using to bring his players closer together, as he embarks on his first managerial job in the Premier League.
He said: “I want to bring my own style to it, we need to improve and the marginal gains we can get. The long-term plan is to be successful, from now until then and we will deliver.
“It’s a different league, different style, it's where I want to be, where I want to challenge myself, they're intelligent players and they will pick things up really well.
“We have a lot of talented players in the building but it takes time to put your stamp on it. When the time is right you will see an energetic, exciting Villa team. I am very confident of that.”
Gerrard’s preparations for the match at Crystal Palace this weekend have been boosted by the return of Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz, who has not featured since October after a hamstring injury.
Trezeguet, the Egyptian international, is also closing in on a first-team return after a serious knee injury.