Redknapp: Coutinho has become Liverpool's talisman

The former Reds captain believes the Brazilian is as good as anyone in the Premier League right now and is the man Jurgen Klopp’s side look to for inspiration

Philippe Coutinho has been in sparkling form for Liverpool over recent weeks, and former Reds skipper Jamie Redknapp believes the Brazilian has become a talismanic presence.

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Only Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne has provided more assists than Coutinho in the Premier League so far this season, while the Samba star has also chipped in with five goals in all competitions.

At 24 years of age, he appears to be reaching his peak and adding the consistency to his game which has been missing at times during spells at Inter Milan and at Anfield.

Redknapp feels he has been so good of late that he is now the most important cog in Jurgen Klopp’s well-oiled machine and a player who can hold his own among the most illustrious company in English football.

He wrote in his column for Sky Sports: “The Brazilian magician is my favourite Liverpool player to watch right now. He’s the one I look forward to seeing. I’d have loved to have played with someone like him.

“He’s only 24 but he’s such a talented player and he’s become Liverpool’s talisman. When Liverpool are struggling, he’s the one they look to and more often than not he takes the game by the scruff of the neck.

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“When it comes to picking a combined Premier League XI, there’s some fierce competition for who you’d have in that playmaker role. David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Mesut Ozil are all brilliant players. But on his day Coutinho is as good as anyone.”

The problem for Liverpool right now is that having Coutinho performing at the top of his game is attracting unwelcome interest from afar, with the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid said to be closely monitoring his progress.

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