Martin Keown reacts to Philippe Coutinho injury in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Sunderland

The former Arsenal defender delivers verdict on Philippe Coutinho's injury

Martin Keown has warned Liverpool that they can ill-afford to lose Philippe Coutinho to injury after the midfielder was taken off on a stretcher during Saturday’s 2-0 win against Sunderland.

The Brazil playmaker was taken off in the 33rd minute after the Liverpool number 10 clashed with Sunderland’s Didier Ndong in the visitors’ penalty area.

Divock Origi was brought on to replace the South American midfielder and the Belgium international broke the deadlock in the second half after reltnless pressure from the home side.

Sadio Mane was brought down in the area in added time after a slaloming run to offer James Milner the chance to seal three points from the penalty spot – and the vice-captain coolly dispatched his effort.

However, Liverpool’s three points came at a cost as the Premier League title challengers face the anxious wait to discover the extend of Coutinho’s injury.

Speaking to BBC Sport during the Reds’ 2-0 win against Sunderland, Keown issued a stark warning to Klopp and Liverpool following Coutinho’s injury scare.

“Coutinho has gone off and it’s not looking good at all. He was writhing in agony there and waved at the bench straight away,” Keown told BBC Sport.

“I’m speculating here but it looks like a really bad injury – possibly a broken foot or, at best a twisted ankle.

“That’s a massive shame because he is a player Liverpool cannot be without.”

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