Jamie Redknapp has hailed Philippe Coutinho as a joy to watch and as an absolute maestro following his wonderful performance during Liverpool’s crushing 4-1 win over Manchester City, the Daily Mail reports.
The Brazil international has seemingly taken on a new leading role at Anfield following the departures of first Luis Suarez and then duo Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling last summer.
Many have suggested Coutinho is now the outstanding player at Liverpool, a fair assessment considering his impact on the team and the way his teammates look to him for that magic spark.
Against City he was instrumental throughout, prompting heavy praise from Jamie Redknapp.
“Coutinho is a joy to watch. I said before the game, ‘can he get up to David Silva’s standards?’ He’s still 23 years old. He’s an absolute maestro,” Redknapp is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
“The way he just seems to find space all the time and picks the right passes, and now he’s adding that vital ingredient, he’s adding goals to his game.”
Coutinho’s strike against Manchester City took his tally to five goals and three assists in 12 Premier League matches, the sort of record you would expect from such a good player.
The former Inter Milan ace has often suffered from a lack of consistency, but new boss Jurgen Klopp is renowned for his motivational skills and that could prove a deciding factor.
Coutinho notched the Reds’ second of the night, with Firmino adding another in a first-half blitz while defender Martin Skrtel completed the rout with a stunning late effort.
The victory takes the Reds up to ninth in the table, six points shy of the top six.