Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho was stretchered with a potentially serious ankle injury at Anfield on Saturday. Liverpool went on to secure a 2-0 victory against Sunderland, but the win could come at a costly price.
The 24-year-old Brazil international left Liverpool’s home ground on crutches. He was seen fixed with a protective boot on his right leg, as reported by the Guardian.
Coutinho’s injury was the result of a challenge with Didier Ndong in the 30th minute of the match. The player immediately signaled the bench after the incident as he looked to be in distress.
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Coutinho’s brilliant form is the catalyst to Liverpool’s blistering start to the Premier League season. The Brazilian has linked superbly with compatriot Roberto Firminho, Adam Lallana and summer acquisition Sadio Mane in the attack, according to JOE.co.uk.
Rumors of a broken foot have already circulated among the Liverpool faithfuls. Fans took to Twitter to express their concerns. Many fear the injury to be a season-ender.
Sounds very bad for Coutinho, stretchered off, according to BBC commentary. Way they're talking seems like potential season-ender.
— Gingers for Limpar (@Gingers4Limpar) November 26, 2016
Coutinho looking like he will be out a longgggggg time
— LFC Trini (@AnthonyHadeed) November 26, 2016
Jurgen Klopp optimistic on Coutinho injury
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp addressed the Reds supporters after the Premier League win against Sunderland on Saturday. The 49-year-old German said he had no idea of the extent of Philippe Coutinho’s injury. However, the former Borussia Dortmund manager chose to remain optimistic.
“Actually I’m quite an optimistic guy so I hope he can train tomorrow.” Klopp said.
The man from Stuttgart, Germany added that he will wait for the scan reports to know the extent of the situation. Klopp mentioned that Coutinho’s pain in the beginning was worse and as time progressed, it was much better.
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Sunderland manager David Moyes had clear instructions to mark Coutinho form the beginning of the match. Jason Denayer man-marked the 24-year-old during the initial period and he failed to have any impact on the game until the injury.
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