Jamie Redknapp sends direct message to Philippe Coutinho about Liverpool record

The Liverpool legend is worried about Philippe Coutinho's free-kick record after the Brazilian netted his fourth set-piece on Saturday

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho Photo: The Sport Review

Jamie Redknapp has admitted that he is worried Philippe Coutinho could dethrone the former Liverpool captain as the club’s free-kick king.

The Brazil international made his first Premier League start at the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening following a controversial summer transfer saga.

Barcelona made a number of attempts to sign the Liverpool number 10 but the Reds reiterated the South American is not for sale at any price.

Coutinho handed in a transfer request but the Merseyside outfit refused to alter their stance on the former Inter Milan attacker.

The 25-year-old made his mark upon his return to the Liverpool team after Coutinho scored the Merseyside outfit’s second goal with a superb free-kick.

The Barcelona target has established himself as Liverpool’s undisputed free-kick specialist since moving to Anfield in an £8.5m deal from Inter Milan in the 2013 January transfer window.

Former Liverpool captain Redknapp scored seven free-kicks during his Reds career, which is one more than the club’s icon Steven Gerrard and two more than Luis Suarez.

However, the retired Liverpool No11 believes Coutinho could surpass his record of seven unless the South American moves to Barcelona in the near future.

“While finding out how many free-kicks Philippe Coutinho had scored for Liverpool after his stunner against Leicester, I was astonished to learn that I am still Anfield’s Premier League free-kick king,” Redknapp told the Daily Mail.

“I scored eight free-kicks in the league during my time at Liverpool, one more than Steven Gerrard. I reckon I could have reached double figures had Robbie Fowler not kept taking them off me!

“After his latest effort, Coutinho is catching up quickly. Maybe he should have gone to Barcelona after all…”

Liverpool are in fifth place in the Premier League table.

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