By Alex Stevens
Jamie Redknapp has claimed Philippe Coutinho is staking a claim to be the “best No10 in the Premier League”.
The Brazilian playmaker was outstanding in the Merseysiders’ 2-1 Premier League win over West Brom on Saturday evening.
Coutinho scored the second goal, which was his fourth from nine league matches this season and his fifth in all competitions.
Sky Sports pundit and former Liverpool midfielder Redknapp is increasingly impressed by the 24-year-old.
“Philippe Coutinho was different class against West Brom,” Redknapp wrote in his Daily Mail column. “He scored a great goal and created three chances in Liverpool’s win.
“Compared with the players in his position at the other top-four sides, Coutinho is staking a claim to be the league’s best No 10.”
Coutinho has scored more league goals than Mesut Ozil, Dele Alli (three) and Kevin De Bruyne (two), completed more dribbles than his three rivals and only the Manchester City man has created more chances.
Coutinho started on the left on a front three spearheaded by Roberto Firmino against Tony Pulis’ side at Anfield on Saturday.
Daniel Sturridge was axed from the side that drew 0-0 against Manchester United on Monday night, with Adam Lallana restored to the starting XI after fully recovering from a groin injury.
Sadio Mane scored the opening goal for the free-scoring Merseysiders, who have now struck 20 times in the league this season, more than any other side.
In other Liverpool news, fans on Twitter have given their verdicts on the performance of Roberto Firmino against West Brom.