Redknapp reveals which player Liverpool missed against West Ham
By Emma Sanders
Jamie Redknapp claimed Liverpool missed Philippe Coutinho during their disappointing 2-2 draw against West Ham at Anfield on Sunday evening.
Liverpool dominated the second-half and took an early lead but could not find a winner, with West Ham producing a resilient defensive performance.
Adam Lallana and Divock Origi were on the scoresheet but goals from Dimitri Payet and Michail Antonio, following defensive errors, proved costly.
The Reds bounced back in the second-half and were clearly the dominant side but a strong defensive performance from the Hammers and a number of missed opportunities meant they had to settle for a draw, and Redknapp believes Coutinho could have made the difference.
“They missed Coutinho. In these types of games you miss him. The magician can do something completely different on the pitch,” said Redknapp on the Sky Sports broadcast.
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“He sees different things. They really missed him.”
Coutinho has been absent since the 2-0 victory against Sunderland in November and is not expected to be back in action for Jurgen Klopp’s side until the new year.
Prior to picking up the serious knee injury, he scored five goals and provided five assists in the Premier League in just 13 appearances.
He built a formidable relationship with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino and since his absence the two attackers have struggled to hit the same level of performance.
The Reds are now six points behind Chelsea in third place following the Blues’ 1-0 victory against West Brom on Sunday, and Liverpool have two tough fixtures against Everton and Manchester City coming up before the new year.