Liverpool likely to have Coutinho back in the New-Year
Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho is likely to be sidelined for at least 5-6 weeks. He suffered an ankle injury during Saturday’s 2-0 win in the Premier League against Sunderland.
In the 34th minute Coutinho was injured after a 50/50 challenge Didier Ndong. Ndong followed him all over the pitch, even at during a quick break when Coutinho had some water – Ndong was there!!
Half of Liverpool have been left worried over the weekend, with most expecting a 3-4 month lay off.
The Brazilian was later pictured on crutches outside the hospital.
Back in the New-Year
This will mean that Coutinho is now likely to be out of action until mid-January. Thankfully Klopp could provide some positive news when speaking about Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino at Melwood earlier in the day.
Lallana has been out of action since coming back from England duty injured. His progress is considered to be good but not enough to face Leeds in the League Cup on Tuesday.
“Adam is in a very good way, close to team training but that means in the same moment that he is not ready for the game,” Klopp revealed.
Klopp did provide a brief update on Daniel Sturridge. “Daniel is not in team training, so it means then it is the same”.
The situation with Firmino is more positive. He’s currently struggling with a calf problem but appears the most likely to be ready for Tuesday night.
“I know yesterday it was still painful, so that’s something we have to wait for – how he feels today. It’s another day for us. I think it will be okay but I’m not sure at the moment,” Klopp said.
How we they cope without Coutinho?
Divock Origi came on as a substitute for Coutinho on Saturday and provided the breakthrough. He provides an alternative. Proving on Saturday that whilst he hasn’t been playing he still has that raw talent that we remember.
He was hungry, powerful and really played well, winning the man of the match award too. Whilst he’s not a direct replacement, he would play more centrally. We have to take comfort from the fact that Firmino looked really comfortable out wide.
Coutinho should be back mid-January, a similar time to when we lose Mané to the AFCON with Senegal.
January and beyond
I would still expect Klopp to look for reinforcements during the January window. The current crop of kids are good, but they need more time to adapt and learn their craft.
Time will tell, one thing to take from this is if we can still keep pace with the ‘Big Boys’ during this period of time – keeping neck and neck to them, then having our best player back after 6 weeks off, fully refreshed and raring to go is a massive bonus. Chelsea and City won’t be able to say that!
Let’s keep positive and allow those in the shadows to step forward and shine. YNWA.
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