From dodgy haircuts to career highlights, we chat football and style with our cover model Jamie Redknapp.
In three words how would you describe your style?
I’d have to say, easy, comfortable and simple.
How has your style changed since you were younger?
Dramatically mainly because of my wife. Before I met her I was a bit of a shocking dresser. I look back at some of the mistakes that I made. When I wake up I’m a bit colour blind, and I often say to my wife ‘what do your reckon, does that go with that? Are you sure blue goes with black? And can you wear green with blue?’ and she says ‘fine don’t worry about it, just wear it, it looks good’. So she’s been a big help. I wear a lot of suits, I always feel comfortable [in suits]and especially when you put a nice one on – it always feels good.
Is there any style advice you’d give your younger self?
Cut your hair. When I look back at the some of the haircuts I had, the long curtains. But I’ve always loved fashion. I have an older brother who always followed trends when he was younger so I had a few hand-me-downs. But fashion has always been important to me.
You and Louise are known as a stylish couple. Has she ever told you she doesn’t like what you’re wearing?
I think, one of the reasons we get on so well is we both love fashion. She has told me plenty of times, ‘nope that doesn’t go with that, take that off, that doesn’t look right.’ But in a nice way, and I actually always ask her. I’m not afraid to do that. I don’t think that I know all the answers and I think, as men, we like it when your partner says ‘yeah you look really good there, that looks great’ or ‘no take that off’. I’m not precious when it comes to that, I think it’s nice to have a bit of feedback.
On TV you’re known for your sharp three-piece suits. What is your style at home?
It’s pretty relaxed, I like to wear jeans and t-shirts and hooded tops, but I also like to be smart as well, like what I’ve got on now I feel great in. A jumper with a double-breasted jacket if I’m going out for dinner. I get a lot of stick as well – people like Jack Whitehall give me loads of stick for saying my trousers are always too tight, but Jack they’re not, they’re not that tight, come on, leave me alone.
Are there any outfits you look back that make you cringe?
Plenty. I can remember many years ago, I just got in the Liverpool team and we went to Singapore. John Barnes, who was my idol as a player, took me to this place to get a suit made and because John was doing it I thought it must be cool. I got the most horrendous, shiny, silk suit. It cost me a fortune, well above the wages I was getting. And it looked, by the time I put it on, like MC Hammer trousers, they were horrendous and I never wore it once. I remember thinking I was so proud that I had the same suit as John Barnes, and the worst thing was, he actually carried it off. But it wasn’t for me, I don’t know where it is, I think it’s at my mums house somewhere.
Do you remember the first suit you ever owned?
It was actually a Burton’s suit down in Bournemouth – is it a bit cheesy if I say that? I remember going there with my mum and you know what, I felt a million dollars, cause the first time you put a suit on, it’s special. I think more and more people love wearing suits now, they feel smart in them and you can mix it up with a little bit of a handkerchief, the right tie pin. There’s so much you can do to give you that edge.
As a pro what was the greatest highlight of your career?
I’d have two. One was becoming captain of Liverpool because it was. I signed there as a 17 year old and it’s a dream come true when the manager actually says you’re gonna be captain leading Liverpool out at Anfield in front of all those fans – that very special moment. And then I think just to play for England. I think I was 21, when I made my debut, and we played Columbia and just having my Nan and Granddad and mum and dad and brother in the crowd – they’re just moments that you’ll never forget.
Who is the best player you’ve ever played with?
I’ve played with some great players, Paul Scholes, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard. I think I’d have to say John Barnes, he was my hero growing up, as a kid I had pictures of him on my wall and then to finally play along side him for Liverpool, and he was a great mentor to me, still is now.
As well as football you’re known for your love of golf. Have you achieved that elusive hole-in-one yet?
I’ve still not had the hole-in-one, you’re just trying to make me feel bad aren’t you? No, not yet, but it will come, there will be a day when I get that elusive hole- in-one and it will probably be a fluky shot but I don’t care, that’s what I want, that’s one of my ambitions now.
Finally – who do you see winning the league this season?
It’s the tightest league ever, I think there’s still six runners. United has got it all to do and there’s Man City. But what I would say is, I’d love Liverpool to win it. I was there for 11 years, it’s been too long since they last won the league and I think it’d be a great story, like Leicester was last year, Liverpool winning it. They’ve waited long enough, they’ve had to be extremely patient, but I just hope it’s their year.