Liverpool could be without Philippe Coutinho until the New Year amid fears the Brazilian suffered ankle ligament damage against Sunderland on Saturday.
Coutinho will undergo a scan today to establish the full extent of the injury, sustained in a challenge with Didier Ndong during the first half of the Reds’ 2-0 win at Anfield.
And while it is unlikely that the scan will reveal a fracture, the fear is that the 24-year-old has damaged ligaments and is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Coutinho was at Liverpool’s training complex Melwood yesterday on crutches, wearing a protective boot.
His injury comes at a bad time for boss Jurgen Klopp, with six Premier League fixtures to come in December, including a Merseyside derby and a New Year’s Eve clash with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at Anfield. Coutinho is a doubt for all.
There was better news for Klopp with regards to Roberto Firmino, who suffered a kick to the calf against Sunderland, with the problem not thought to be serious.
Striker Daniel Sturridge is still not fit enough to resume training with his own calf issue, and is unlikely to be considered for tomorrow’s home EFL Cup quarter-final with Championship outfit Leeds United.
England midfielder Adam Lallana is also expected to miss that game, but is making good progress after a groin problem.