Philippe Coutinho faces long layoff as extent of injury revealed

The Brazil worldwide is facing a spell on the sidelines after suffering an ankle injury during Liverpool's 2-0 win over Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday.

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho has been ruled out of action for five to six weeks with an ankle injury after a scan on Monday revealed the extent of the knock he picked up against Sunderland.

"Actually I thought before about it but it doesn't mean that we do it", he said when asked if Liverpool had plans to reinforce the squad in January.

"As good as [Coutinho] is, he can not decide games by himself, even when it looks sometimes like this because he takes the ball, dribbles and shoots", the manager explained.

'He is a very important part of this team, absolutely, but of course we can deal with it.

"We all need to learn to handle a situation like this".

"To be honest, I don't think the squad runs deeper than 13 or 14 players in terms of top-level class, so if they lose any more of those three lads who have been running the show, Jurgen's resources are going to be stretched".

Liverpool hosts Leeds United tomorrow morning in the EFL cup quarter-finals.

"Last year the games were different with a few teams played defensively against us".

Liverpool remained patient as Sunderland repelled everything Klopp's men could throw at them until Divock Origi's 75th minute finish put the Reds on the path to a victory confirmed by James Milner's 91st minute penalty.

"I am fine, really happy about the skills of the boys, but injury is never a positive thing".

Liverpool are second in the premier league table, one point from Chelsea and will take on Leeds United on Tuesday before facing Bournemouth next in the premier league.

"I know yesterday it was still painful, so that's something we have to wait for - how he feels today".

Klopp believes his team is now more suited to breaking down stubborn opponents.

'Everyone is confident that when we have to change a player, the player coming on keeps the level or even lifts it so that's a really good thing for us'.

Sunderland came to Anfield on the back of two wins but they tried to shut up shop against what their manager David Moyes described as "probably the best attacking team in the league". It is possible we make changes but it is possible we name a strong team.



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