Latest Liverpool injury update: Jurgen Klopp on Philippe Coutinho setback

The Liverpool manager is staying upbeat about the severity of Philippe Coutinho's injury after Saturday's 2-0 win against Sunderland

Jurgen Klopp says he is optimistic that Philippe Coutinho’s injury isn’t serious after the midfielder was forced off during Liverpool’s 2-0 win against Sunderland on Saturday afternoon.

The Reds suffered a blow in the 33rd minute after Coutinho was forced off following a collision with Sunderland’s Ibrahim Ndong in the away side’s penalty area.

Belgium striker Divock Origi came off the bench to replace the Liverpool number 10 and the centre-forward broke the deadlock with a close-range finish in the 75th minute.

Liverpool extended their lead in added time at the end of the second half after James Milner converted from the penalty spot following a foul on Sadio Mane in the area.

Speaking at his post-match media conference at Anfield following Liverpool’s 2-0 win against Sunderland, Klopp provided an update on his Brazilian playmaker:

“We have to wait for the scan. What we know in this moment is it is something with the ankle and that’s it, so we all have to wait.

“He had pain, but pain gets better. In the first moment, it was obviously very painful but when I saw him at half-time, he said the pain was much better. We have to wait.

“If I have no idea what it is, how can I imagine how long it will be [out]? I am actually quite an optimistic guy – so I hope he can train tomorrow!”

Liverpool are in second place in the Premier League table and a point behind leaders Chelsea.

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The Reds will make the trip to Bournemouth in their next top-flight fixture on Sunday afternoon.

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