Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has attempted to allay fears over the injury picked up by Philippe Coutinho but admits the Brazilian is in a lot of pain after suffering a dead leg during his side's gritty 1-0 win over Watford on Monday (1 May).
Coutinho sustained the knock in a clash with Adrian Mariappa after just five minutes and was replaced by the returning Adam Lallana shortly after. The former Inter Milan starlet's thigh was heavily bandaged as he watched from the bench, but Klopp does not think the injury is 'too serious'.
"He [Coutinho] has a dead leg. Hopefully not too serious, but it's really painful," Klopp said in his post-match press conference.
Asked about his side's crucial win, the Liverpool boss said: "It feels really good. It was a difficult game to play, we started well but then we had to change Coutinho, Adam Lallana only trained twice in the last four weeks so it wasn't perfect but we were patient and tried to create moments. It's not easy for anyone to win here as Watford have improved."
A moment of magic from Liverpool midfielder Emre Can secured the points for the Reds in a rather drab affair at Vicarage Road. The win bolsters Liverpool's hopes of Champions League qualification, and while Klopp admitted the performance wasn't overly impressive, he was pleased with the display served up by his injury-troubled side.
"The goal was spectacular, I'm not used to that from Emre!" Klopp added. "It's deserved, you need a lot of luck in these moments, we had a wonderful volley from Lallana, then Prodl hit the bar. We needed luck, we tried to play the best football possible, it was tough to defend the challenges from their forwards, Deeney and Success. We needed to be careful but I'm fine with the performance."