Liverpool have been handed a massive injury blow ahead of their trip to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday (27 August) after Jurgen Klopp admitted that Philippe Coutinho could be a doubt for the crucial Premier League clash. The Brazilian midfielder is suffering from a minor hamstring injury that he picked up during the Reds' 2-0 loss against Burnley the previous weekend.
The 24-year-old, who started the season in prolific fashion with two goals in their opening weekend win over Arsenal, missed the midweek clash against Burton Albion in the EFL Cup and looks likely to miss the trip to north London after only taking part in light training this week.
"The muscle was a little stiff. He felt something so we didn't want to take a risk (against Burton)," Klopp said during his pre-match press conference, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
"We left him out of training until now. We have to make a decision on Friday with what we can do with him.
"It is not a situation to take any risk. We have to talk to the player. From the medical side, it is not a big issue, but it was big enough to leave him out of the squad for Burton," the German coach added.
Coutinho's absence will be a big blow as he is their main link between midfield and attack and even though it is early in the season, the games against the main rivals are crucial in the race to finish in the top four at the end of the campaign. The Brazilian's potential absence will be the third injury blow in the week, after Klopp earlier admitted that Emre Can and Divock Origi could also miss the game after picking up minor knocks during their midweek win over Burton.