Philippe Coutinho can emulate Germany star under Jurgen Klopp, says Liverpool legend
Jamie Redknapp believes Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho can blossom under Jurgen Klopp like Mario Gotze
Philippe Coutinho can emulate Mario Gotze and become one of the best players in Europe under Jurgen Klopp, according to Jamie Redknapp.
The Brazil international scored twice to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 victory over defending Premier League champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
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
Coutinho’s goals in west London were his first since a late winner for Brendan Rodgers’s side in their 1-0 victory over Stoke City on the opening day of the Premier League season.
Initially, the South American’s future was in cast into doubt upon Klopp’s appointment due to the manager’s pressing style of play, with Barcelona reportedly monitoring the 23-year-old.
However, former Liverpool captain Redknapp believes Klopp can transform Coutinho into a top European player like the German did with Gotze during his spell in charge of Borussia Dortmund.
“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 in his Daily Mail column.
“No matter how much you want your side to press, you still need players with the quality to affect games.
“There aren’t many Liverpool players the top clubs in Europe would want but Coutinho is one of them. He is a fantastic little player.
“People talk about Klopp replicating his Borussia Dortmund style at Liverpool but it will never be exactly the same.
“He nurtured some real stars in Germany but still had a good blend. Some players pressed hard while others were more about end product.
“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.”
Coutinho cancelled out Ramires’s seventh-minute opener at Stamford Bridge with a brilliant individual goal.
The Brazilian edged Liverpool into a second-half lead thanks to his deflected strike before Christian Benteke sealed three points.