Adam Lallana: How Liverpool can cope without Philippe Coutinho
The Liverpool midfielder reveals there are some days when he doesn't attempt to tackle Philippe Coutinho in training
Adam Lallana has called on the other members of the Liverpool squad to step up in the absence of Philippe Coutinho.
The Brazil international sustained an ankle injury during the first half of Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Sunderland at Anfield in the Premier League game in November.
Coutinho is set to be sidelined for up to six weeks with ankle ligament damage as Liverpool prepare for what promises to be a hectic festive period in the English top flight.
The former Inter Milan playmaker has scored five goals and has made five assists in 13 Premier League appearances in the 2016-17 campaign so far.
However, Roberto Firmino, Lallana and Sadio Mane have scored a combined 16 goals to Jurgen Klopp’s side keep pace with their title rivals.
And Lallana, who moved to the Reds in a £25m deal from Southampton in 2014, is confident Liverpool can cope with their number 10.
“He’s going to be a massive loss,” Lallana told Sky Sports.
“I’ve been lucky enough to play with him for the past two and a half years, and some of the things he does in training are remarkable.
“There are days where you don’t attempt to tackle him. We are going to miss him, but the rest of the squad is going to have to step up to the plate.”
Liverpool finished in eighth place in the Premier League table in Klopp’s first season in charge at the Merseyside outfit.