Jamie Redknapp: Why this fantastic England defender was right to leave Chelsea

The former Liverpool midfielder delivers a glowing verdict on England full-back Ryan Bertrand

Ryan Bertrand has blossomed into a brilliant full-back since swapping Chelsea for Southampton, according to Jamie Redknapp.

The England international has helped Southampton keep successive clean sheets in the Premier League against both Merseyside clubs.

The Saints managed to tame Jurgen Klopp’s free-scoring Liverpool attack in a goalless draw at St Mary’s earlier this month.

Bertrand was particularly impressed as Southampton eased to a 1-0 win against their former manager Ronald Koeman and his Everton side.

The 27-year-old moved to the Saints in a reported £10m deal from Chelsea in 2015 after a season-long loan at the south coast club.

The English defender scored two goals in 57 appearances for the west London side during a 10-year stay at Stamford Bridge dotted with loan spells.

Bertrand has already netted three times in 77 games in all competitions for Southampton since his initial loan move two-and-a-half seasons ago.

Former Liverpool and Southampton midfielder Redknapp heaped praise on Bertrand for having the courage to leave the west London outfit.

“Ryan Bertrand made a great move. He wasn’t getting his game at Chelsea. He looks a fantastic left-back,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.

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