Jürgen Klopp confirmed in his post-match press conference that Philippe Coutinho had suffered a very painful dead leg.
Liverpool fans held their breath when Coutinho went down in the fourth minute of the game with a dead leg. The Brazilian forward tried for ten minutes to continue but was in visible pain and the injury obstructed his ability to move freely.
He was substituted for Adam Lallana after just 13 minutes and went down the tunnel for treatment. A positive sign was that he soon returned to the bench to watch the game alongside Andreas Kornmayer, Liverpool’s head of fitness and conditioning.
Coutinho has been in superb form this season and has scored 10 goals and provided six assists in 28 Premier League games. He has struggled with consistency with injuries making it difficult to play constantly.
Speaking to the media after the game, Jürgen Klopp said, “He has a dead leg, hopefully, it’s not too serious but of course it’s really painful and no chance [he could continue]. Everybody could see he tried hard, but no chance.”
Coutinho made an attempt to stay on the pitch by running off the blow to his thigh but his inability to move with his usual freedom rendered him useless. With fifteen minutes of the game gone, Liverpool were essentially playing with 10 men so Klopp withdrew him for Lallana.
On that note, Adam Lallana performed admirably on his return from a six-week lay-off with a thigh injury. He rattled the crossbar midway through the first half with a rasping volley and was extremely unlucky not to score.
Emre Can seemingly met Lallana’s challenge to score a world class goal and met Lucas Leiva’s cross with an acrobatic bicycle kick that found the top corner. Not only was Can’s goal superb, it was a brilliant way to move ahead in the race for top four.
With three games to go, Liverpool look nailed on to secure a place in next season’s Champions League. Hopefully, Coutinho is fit to return for Liverpool’s clash with Southampton on Sunday.