Jamie Redknapp runs the rule on Liverpool’s ‘most improved’ player
The former Liverpool midfielder heaps praise on Philippe Coutinho
Jamie Redknapp has named Philippe Coutinho as Liverpool’s most-improved player of the season.
The Brazil international scored a dramatic winner in their 2-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup fourth-round replay on Wednesday night.
If he wants to step up to the level of players like David Silva and Luka Modric – which he can – then he needs to be scoring 10 per season
The 22-year-old playmaker penned a new long-term deal a day earlier as the Merseyside club rewarded the diminutive midfielder for his eye-catching performances.
Former Liverpool midfielder Redknapp, who won the League Cup with the Reds in 1995, singled out Coutinho for special praise ahead of Saturday’s Merseyside derby.
“Philippe Coutinho, who scored their late, late winner against Bolton with a superb strike, is having a real impact at the moment,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.
“The Brazilian has been the most improved player for Liverpool this season. Last year there was a lot of appreciation for his skill but he wasn’t grabbing headlines. Now he’s starting to do that – but he must add more goals to his game.
“If you have as much skill and ability as Coutinho and can shoot from distance like he can, then you should be scoring more often. Wednesday’s strike was just his third of the campaign.
“If he wants to step up to the level of players like David Silva and Luka Modric – which he can – then he needs to be scoring 10 per season.”
Coutinho has scored three goals and has made four assists in 25 appearances in all competitions for Brendan Rodgers’ side this term.
The South American was responsible for creating Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge’s strikes in the 2-0 win against West Ham United last weekend.
The Liverpool star has scored 10 goals and has made 16 assists in 66 Premier League games following his £8.5m switch to Anfield from Inter Milan in January 2013.