Jamie Redknapp praises Liverpool star Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho

Jamie Redknapp has praised Coutinho, adding he believes he can be the best player in the Premier League in his position.

Philippe Coutinho got his and Liverpool's season off to a fantastic start, scoring a late goal to see off Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.

It wiped the slate clean for the players and manager after a horrific 6-1 defeat at the stadium last season on the final day.

With a big few weeks ahead including matches against Arsenal and Manchester United, it was the perfect start for Liverpool.

Jamie Redknapp has told The Mail he feels Coutinho can go on and establish himself as the best player in his position in the country. 

He said: "There is no reason why Philippe Coutinho can’t be the best No 10 in the country. That was an incredible strike and a big result for Liverpool. Why? It immediately lifted the pressure off Brendan Rodgers."

Competition

It should say everything about the player's steady progression and ascent since joining Liverpool that Redknapp's claim on Coutinho is not even a particularly bold one.

Coutinho is consistently excellent for the Reds, even landing a spot in the PFA Premier League Team of the Season in 2014/15, and landing a new long-term contract along the way.

There is competition from rival playmakers, and he would not have it all his own way. Chelsea's Oscar keeps him out of the Brazil side when fit, but still has work to do to be considered a Premier League great.

David Silva of Manchester City should be the benchmark, while Mesut Ozil of Arsenal has the reputation but infrequent consistency. Tottenham attacker Christian Eriksen is a player of similar age striving for greatness like Coutinho, but the Reds star has as good a chance as any to truly establish himself as a legend in English football if he remains at his club for the duration of his contract until 2020 and even beyond.

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