Jurgen Klopp delivered news on Coutinho, Firmino and Daniel Sturridge’s physical status, with the attacking trio injured.
When Philippe Coutinho went down on Saturday, screaming in agony, it was immediately clear that there was something seriously wrong. When the medics squeezed his foot and ankle to locate the source of the pain, Coutinho writhed in pain and further deepened the worry lines on Liverpool fans’ foreheads across the globe. He was subsequently stretchered off with his foot in a brace and things looked bleak.
As awful as that scene was, Jurgen Klopp has alleviated concerns that the Brazilian will be out for a long time. Speaking at his post-match press conference, according to Liverpool’s official website, he said, “We have to wait for the scan. What we know in this moment is it is something with the ankle and that’s it, so we all have to wait.”
“He had pain, but pain gets better. In the first moment, it was obviously very painful but when I saw him at half-time, he said the pain was much better. We have to wait.
“If I have no idea what it is, how can I imagine how long it will be [out]? I am actually quite an optimistic guy – so I hope he can train tomorrow!” the German manager added about the Coutinho’s injury.
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Coutinho’s compatriot, Firmino was also substituted but only later in the game and it seems it was because of a calf issue – but nowhere near as problematic as Coutinho’s injury. The two Brazilians have been hugely important for Liverpool this season and any length of time without either of them, much less both will undermine Liverpool’s title challenge.
On Firmino’s injury, Klopp said, “He is much better than Phil, but has pain in the calf.”
And then, of course, we have Daniel Sturridge. Surprisingly, I have a lot of patience for the Englishman and I think it’s got a lot to do with the quality he possesses. Sturridge missed the Sunderland game with a calf injury and he will be grinding his teeth at the fact that Divock Origi netted in his absence.
“He [Sturridge] had a tight calf,” Klopp said. “He hasn’t trained for two days and I have no idea when he is back. It is not sure that he can train tomorrow, so he was out because of this injury.”