Liverpool suffered an injury blow during their emphatic 4-1 win over Manchester City on Saturday (21 November) when in-form Philippe Coutinho pulled up with a suspected muscular problem in the 68th minute. He was replaced by Jordon Ibe, and while Jurgen Klopp calmed fears following the match, he was unsure of the extent of the injury to the Brazilian midfielder.
"I hope [he] is well enough. He showed not a real [injury], it was a little bit of cramp, he felt something," the German manager said, as quoted by Liverpool's official site.
"I hope that's all, he will be very important for us, everybody can see he's in really good shape in this moment. I hope he can react well enough," he added.
Coutinho has been one of the best players for the Merseyside club this season and played a key role in Saturday's demolition of the Etihad Stadium outfit, where he scored and assisted a goal before pulling up with the injury. The former Borussia Dortmund manager will hope that his knock is minor as they face key clashes in the Europa League and the Premier League in the coming weeks.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the Brazilian international is set to undergo a scan after complaining about a hamstring issue on his way out of the stadium. This will be a cause for concern for the manager, as he will not be keen to lose his in-form midfielder, who has scored four goals in his last three league appearances.
Liverpool's injury list is already a lengthy one with a number of first-team stars on the treatment table. Jordan Henderson, Jordan Rossiter, Jose Enrique and Mamadou Sakho are all relatively short-term compared to Joe Gomez and Danny Ings, who have been ruled out for the rest of the season. The only positive on the injury front is the return of Daniel Sturridge to full fitness.