By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Philippe Coutinho became the latest Liverpool player to break down with a muscle injury when he limped out of the team’s clash against Stoke on Tuesday night.

Coutinho pulled up with what appeared to be a hamstring strain just 17 minutes into the League Cup semi-final first leg match at the Britannia Stadium.

The Brazilian playmaker gave the signal to the bench that he would need to come off immediately after tumbling to the ground.

He got up shaking his head before limping to the touchline, where he was replaced by Jordan Ibe.

Coutinho, who had looked in excellent form in the early exchanges of the match as Liverpool dominated, is now set to miss the rest of January with an injury that usually takes a minimum of three weeks to heal.

He is unlikely to make the landmark Premier League matches against Arsenal on 13 January and Manchester United on 17 January, as well as fixtures against Exeter in the FA Cup on 9 January, Norwich in the Premier League on 23 January and Stoke in the League Cup semi final return leg on 26 January.