Liverpool talisman Philippe Coutinho looks like he could miss his side’s Premier League clash with Arsenal on January 13th, with the Brazilian forced off with what looked like either a groin or a hamstring injury during Liverpool’s Capital One Cup semi-final first leg against Stoke City.
The Reds certainly aren’t the team they once were, and rarely challenge for the Premier League nowadays – something that certainly doesn’t look like improving since the departure of Luis Suarez. They are still a tough team to beat however, and certainly can’t be taken for granted.
One player capable of moments of real brilliance is Coutinho, so it’s great news that the 23-year-old has been withdrawn with an injury. The Telegraph claim he’s pulled his hamstring, which would almost certainly see him miss our trip to Anfield next Wednesday.
It’s impossible to tell how long a hamstring injury will sideline a player for, as depending on the severity it can be anything from a few days to most of a season. A player of Coutinho’s importance is unlikely to be risked by rushing him back though, so you’d expect him to miss at least the next couple of games.
Coutinho is somewhat overrated in reality, as his inconsistency means it’s impossible for Liverpool to count on him. He has scored some truly marvelous goals in his time on Merseyside though, and to take the mercurial South American out of the equation certainly gives us a bit of a boost.
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You never like to wish a serious injury on a player (unless it’s Diego Costa or John Terry), but it would be nice if Coutinho’s injury kept him out at least until after our trip up north. We should be more than capable of getting the win over Liverpool regardless of who they field, but a trip to Anfield is never an easy one.