Philippe Coutinho will be sidelined for ‘five to six weeks’ after suffering ankle ligament damage during the side’s 2-0 victory over Sunderland on Saturday, according to reports.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said in his press conference today that the club were still waiting on the scan results.
But reports suggest Coutinho will be out for around six weeks – meaning he will miss these eight Liverpool games and the good news is that he will not require surgery. He will miss the league matches against Bournemouth, West Ham, Middlesbrough, Everton, Stoke City, Man City, and Sunderland.
Speaking about the situation of Coutinho in the press conference today prior to their game against Leeds United in EFL cup Jurgen Klopp has said he is optimistic of the situation at hand and hopes the midfielder will be fine soon.
‘Phil has his scans this afternoon. What I can say is that it’s too long because the best thing is that he’s not out. We have to take it how it is,’ manager Klopp said in his press conference prior to the verdict of Coutinho’s injury.
Liverpool are already without playmaker Adam Lallana, who got injured on England duty during the international break earlier this month. Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge are also fitness concerns ahead of Liverpool’s EFL Cup clash with Leeds United.
Speaking about the injury situation Klopp says he will not risk his players for the club game and listen to his player’s intuition.
“You need to listen to the players and figure out if they are ready or not,” said Klopp.
“It is not allowed to take any risks, it is about having a line-up which can stand the intensity of the game because Leeds are in a really good moment.
“They are a football-playing side and they will force us into a lot of things so we need to work hard in these games so the players need to be fit for this.
“We don’t want to rest somebody who doesn’t need a rest. It is possible we make a few changes, it is possible we will play nearly the same team.”
Klopp said only Simon Mignolet will be the sure starter apart from that he will figure it out lately.