By Emma Sanders
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has claimed Philippe Coutinho’s absence would affect any side but there is enough depth in the Reds’ squad to deal with it ahead of the clash against Everton.
Jurgen Klopp’s side head into Monday evening’s Merseyside derby on the back of an impressive 3-0 victory against Middlesbrough but they will still be without star player Coutinho.
The attacking midfielder has missed the last four games through injury after he was forced to leave the pitch in the 2-0 victory against Sunderland last month.
Divock Origi has taken his place as a regular in the starting XI and there have also been substitute appearances from youngsters Ben Woodburn and Ovie Ejaria.
“Philippe would be a big miss to any side because he’s a fantastic player, but we have enough depth in the squad to cope,” Henderson told the Liverpool Echo.
“The players who have come in are very talented and are big players for this football club.”
In his absence, Liverpool have dropped four points, losing against Bournemouth and having to settle for a disappointing 2-2 draw with West Ham in December.
However, they were back to winning ways at the Riverside on Wednesday evening and Coutinho’s replacement, Origi, has been in excellent form since returning to the starting XI.
The 21-year-old has netted five goals in his last five games and will be expected to retain his place in the side for the Merseyside derby.
As well as Origi, Klopp has Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Ben Woodburn, Sheyi Ojo and Daniel Sturridge who could all be in contention for selection on Monday evening.
Coutinho scored five goals and provided five assists before picking up the injury and remains the club’s best player.
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