Jamie Redknapp says Liverpool ace Coutinho has proven the doubters wrong

Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho scored twice on Saturday.

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp says Philippe Coutinho’s place in the starting line-up under Jurgen Klopp was justified by his match-winning performance at Chelsea, the Daily Mail reports.

Klopp arrived as Liverpool boss boasting a reputation for playing ‘full-throttle’ football, a term used to describe his side’s high-pressing and relentless running off the ball.

While this may suit real engine players such as Alberto Moreno, James Milner and Adam Lallana, question marks were raised as to whether star player Coutinho was fit for such a style.

Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, Redknapp likened the playmaker to former Dortmund ace Mario Gotze and added his quality on the ball rather than his pressing ability will be key to Liverpool.

“When Jurgen Klopp arrived at Anfield, people started to question whether Philippe Coutinho would fit into his pressing philosophy. His performance at Chelsea was the perfect response,” Redknapp wrote.

“No matter how much you want your side to press, you still need players with the quality to affect games.”

“I don’t remember Mario Gotze having to do too much chasing at Dortmund. He was allowed to do what he does best — scoring and assisting.”

“Under Klopp he had similar stats to Coutinho and there’s no reason why the Brazilian can’t keep playing that role for Liverpool.”

Balance

Jurgen Klopp’s success at Liverpool with the players currently at his disposal will be determined by whether he can strike the right balance in the team.

He has players who are very adept at pressing high and forcing the issue, while in the likes of Coutinho and fellow Brazilian Roberto Firmino he has genuine quality ball players.

Former Inter Milan star Coutinho will never be the sort to bust a gut by closing down the opposition defence, yet Reds boss Klopp already knows this and instead will find better use for his qualities.

His double against Chelsea was only his second and third goals of the current Premier League campaign and his first strikes since the opening day of the season.

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