BAD News For Liverpool As Philippe Coutinho Injury Is Worst Than Initially Feared

 Liverpool’s pivotal attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho could face a lengthy period on the sidelines, with the Mirror claiming the Brazilian’s injury is more serious than first conceived.

Coutinho, who played a starring role for Liverpool as they annihilated Manchester City at the Etihad on Saturday, will discover his injury fate on Tuesday with Liverpool getting a second opinion after medical assessments at Melwood, as claimed in the report.

The silky midfielder – who has been instrumental in Liverpool’s resurgence under Jürgen Klopp – limped out of the 4-1 rout of Manchester City with his manager at first thinking it could be a cramp, but after medical checks at Melwood on Monday, Liverpool are likely to get second opinion before offering a plan of treatment and that brings about worries Coutinho’s hamstring could have been damaged. If so, the Brazilian will miss the Reds’ Europa League clash against Bordeaux on Thursday.

Beyond that, the extent of the problem will determine how long Coutinho will be sidelined, but Klopp will have his fingers crossed the injury is not long-term as Coutinho is a vital part of his plans.

Coutinho, nicked one and created two more goals at the Etihad in what was the most convincing performance under Klopp so far, but the German boss has urged fans not to get too carried away.

Despite claiming his side are now in the race for the top four, Klopp says his prospects of developing the team are hugely restricted by Euro commitments which hamper his training ground routines.

“We are not at the end by any means – it’s still a long way we have to go,” the former Borussia Dortmund boss explained.

“It’s not easy because there is no time to train. When we have time, all the players are around the world with the national teams.”

Liverpool faithful will hope Coutinho’s injury is not serious as it could hinder their chances of securing a top four finish which will guarantee Champions League football next term.

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