Jamie Carragher: This is who is likely to replace Coutinho in Liverpool team
By Harvey Byrne
Jamie Carragher believes that Jurgen Klopp will opt for Divock Origi to replace the injured Philippe Coutinho.
The 24-year-old Brazil international was replaced by Origi in the first half of Saturday’s clash against Sunderland following an injury.
It has now been reported by the Mail that Coutinho is set to miss up to “five to six weeks.”
He has been integral to the Reds’ fine form this season with six goals and six assists in 14 appearances and he will be very difficult to replace in the line-up.
Experienced duo Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana are two players who can return to the line-up for the injured man.
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However, Reds hero Carragher has stated that he wouldn’t be surprised if Origi started in place of Coutinho during the next six weeks.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if Jurgen Klopp were to go for Origi,” said Carragher to Sky Sports. “He scored on Saturday and had a big impact on the game and I think he likes him.
“Daniel Sturridge has tremendous ability – we all know that – but the work ethic that Klopp wants from his team, I’m not sure he possesses that.
“You also can’t learn what Daniel can do on the ball so it balances itself out. I like Daniel Sturridge and I think he’s got amazing ability.
“But is he a Jurgen Klopp type of player? I’m not sure. Maybe then you can drop Firmino and he can drop to the left where Coutinho has been playing.
“Lallana’s been in great form but he’s had a little injury. He has got options so I’ll be fascinated to see what he does.
“It depends if Sturridge is fit first of all but with Origi scoring at the weekend, he does give you another option.”
Origi, 21, took his chance well against Sunderland and scored the opening goal in the 2-0 victory.
Joining the Reds from Lille in 2014 after an impressive showing with Belgium at the World Cup, Origi has looked to develop into a key player for the team.
The young prospect has made 46 appearances for the club in total, scoring 13 and providing three.
Liverpool will next face Leeds at Anfield in the EFL Cup on Tuesday before travelling to Bournemouth on Sunday.
In other Liverpool news, Klopp has shared his verdict on Garry Monk before the Reds’ clash with Leeds.