By Danny Wright
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp was left in awe as Philippe Coutinho pulled the strings in Liverpool’s 4-0 win at West Ham on Sunday.
The 24-year-old scored two goals in the space of four minutes in the second half and supplied the assist to Daniel Sturridge’s opener to help the Reds make solid gains in their bid for Champions League football next season.
Three points boosted Liverpool back into third place and a win in their final fixture against Middlesbrough at Anfield next weekend will secure a top four spot.
Former Liverpool player Redknapp thinks that Coutinho’s vision and being one step ahead of the action, which saw him set-up Sturridge’s goal, is what separates him from the rest of the squad.
“Once he picks up this ball, the whole complexion of the game changes,” said Redknapp, as quoted on the Sky Sports website. “A lesser player would have given it short to Adam Lallana but he sees the bigger picture and it’s a lovely pass.”
Coutinho scored his 12th and 13th goals of the campaign in all competitions at the London Stadium on Sunday and also bagged his ninth assist in 35 appearances.
He now has six goals in his last eight Premier League appearances after a rather barren spell following a month-long lay-off during the festive period.
Liverpool welcome Boro to Anfield next Sunday in what will be the last match of the 2016/17 season.
Arsenal are the Reds’ biggest threat to a top four spot as they play a game in hand against Sunderland on Tuesday before finishing the campaign against Everton at the Emirates.
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