Jamie Redknapp: How Liverpool ‘maestro’ Philippe Coutinho has improved
Jamie Redknapp heaps praise on Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho
Jamie Redknapp has hailed Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho as an “absolute maestro”.
The Brazil international produced another man-of-the-match performance as he scored Liverpool’s second goal before he teed up compatriot Roberto Firmino at The Etihad.
Coutinho was replaced by Jordon Ibe in the second half at City after he appeared to suffer a hamstring injury, although Jurgen Klopp insisted after the game that it was a case of cramp.
The 23-year-old former Inter Milan star has also netted four goals in his last three Premier League outings.
And retired Liverpool captain Redknapp believes Coutinho has been more consistent in front of goal this season after the Brazilian’s impressive start to life under Klopp.
“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.”
The Brazil playmaker has scored four goals in his last five games against Manuel Pellegrini’s City side.
The Merseyside outfit are six points behind fourth-placed Arsenal after their emphatic win.