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We can deal with Coutinho loss: Klopp

Press AssociationPress Association 5 days ago Carl Markham

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp insists they can handle the absence of injured playmaker Philippe Coutinho who is expected to be sidelined for up to six weeks with an ankle injury.

The Brazil international damaged the ligaments in his right ankle in Saturday's English Premier League win over Sunderland and is not tipped to return until the new year.

Klopp's forward line has already been affected by the loss of Danny Ings to a season-ending knee injury, while Daniel Sturridge has a niggling calf problem.

Liverpool's other successful creative force this season Adam Lallana is still not fit after a groin injury sustained on England duty, but Klopp is confident they can cope and refuses to look for excuses.

"Phil Coutinho is a really good football player, so if we cannot use him for the next few days or weeks each team in the world would feel it," he said.

"But it is no excuse for anything. As good as he is he does not decide games by himself, although it sometimes looks like this.

"It is a team performance we create and he is a very important part of this team, absolutely.

"Of course we can handle it. If he is not in you have to show - and we will show.

"Phil's not in, Adam's close but not in, Daniel's close but not in - all quality players and we miss them, but you don't look for excuses.

"We like to play football and I think the way we play it is possible without them, but it would be better when they are all fit."

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