Loris Karius shares how Liverpool will cope without Coutinho
by Matt Farr
Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius is confident that the Reds can rally together in the absence of one of their star performers.
Brazil international Philippe Coutinho will reportedly be sidelined until the new year with ankle ligament damage, and is in line to miss seven Premier League games.
However, summer signing Karius insists that the injury will not upset the momentum of a Liverpool side that has been in tremendous form so far this season.
He told the Liverpool Echo: “Of course it’s not nice to see your team-mate and great a player go off injured like that.
“We change a good player out and we still have high quality coming in. That’s a very good sign. Everyone is confident that when we have to change a player, the player coming on keeps the level or even lifts it so that’s a really good thing for us.”
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Coutinho has five goals and five assists from 12 Premier League starts this season, helping Liverpool to 2nd place in the league. They are the league’s highest-scoring outfit, and have lost just one game, so confidence is likely to still be high despite the latest setback.
Liverpool next face Leeds in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night, when Jurgen Klopp is set to make several changes.
With Coutinho expected back in January, it could be argued that the injury is not severe enough for Klopp to be forced into finding a replacement in the transfer market.
Instead, 21-year-old forward Divock Origi and £25 million summer signing Georginio Wijnaldum are expected to battle for the Brazilian’s place on the left-hand side in the coming weeks, although the manager could change the formation by pushing Roberto Firmino out wide.
England international Adam Lallana is also back in training following a groin problem picked up during the international break.
In other Liverpool news, found out which four young stars could line-up for Klopp against Leeds.