This injury could dramatically hurt Liverpool’s top four hopes…
Liverpool’s 21-year-old Brazilian attacker Coutinho will be out for a month at least after injuring his shoulder in the 2-2 Premier League draw away at Swansea City, reports Liverpool’s official website.
The outstanding talent looked to be in severe pain following the cynical tackle from Swansea’s centre-half skipper Ashley Williams on Monday evening. Coutinho had broke through midfield and nipped the ball past the defender – who stuck out a leg that sent the Brazilian sprawling.
Coutinho landed awkwardly, and his club has confirmed that he will be unlikely to play until the end of October.
The news is a serious blow to Liverpool’s chances of sustaining a challenge on the top four. The Reds have started the season very well, and after four matches, top the table with three wins and a draw from four games – but boss Brendan Rodgers has a very thin squad from which to choose from.
Coutinho has been the creative hub of the team in the final third, and helped supply Daniel Sturridge with the chances he has readily accepted.
Without Coutinho, Brendan Rodgers will have to reshuffle his pack for this weekend’s match at home to Southampton. Victor Moses will likely play from the left after scoring a goal on his debut against Swansea, with Luis Alberto, Raheem Sterling and Iago Aspas all competing for the other attacking midfield spot.