Jamie Redknapp: Liverpool really missed this player in 2-2 draw with West Ham

The former Liverpool captain explains why Philippe Coutinho was missed on Sunday afternoon

Jamie Redknapp believes Liverpool felt the absence of Philippe Coutinho after Sunday’s 2-2 draw with West Ham United.

Liverpool made an early breakthrough at Anfield after Adam Lallana guided an instinctive finish past the West Ham goalkeeper in the fifth minute upon his return to Jurgen Klopp’s starting line-up.

However, Dimitri Payet restored parity 22 minutes later after the France playmaker curled a finish past Loris Karius, although Liverpool number one managed to get a weak hand to the midfielder’s effort.

Liverpool were behind heading into half-time after West Ham wing-back Michail Antonio managed to break past the Liverpool defence and poke a finish past Germany Under-21 international Karius.

Divock Origi managed to level the Premier League clash in the 47th minute after the Belgium striker capitalised on Darren Randolph’s error but the home side couldn’t find a late winner.

Former Reds captain Redknapp believes Coutinho’s absence with the ankle injury is hurting the Merseyside outfit.

“What it shows is that Liverpool miss Philippe Coutinho. He is a genius. In these types of games, when you need someone to do something special, you really miss him,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.

Liverpool will make the trip to Middlesbrough in their next Premier League game at the Riverside Stadium on Wednesday night.

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The Reds will host Everton in the Merseyside derby at Anfield on Monday 18 December.

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