Jamie Carragher: What Liverpool have proven in Philippe Coutinho’s absence

Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool have shown that they can cope without their best player Philippe Coutinho

Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool have proven to their critics that they are able to cope without star man Philippe Coutinho.

The Brazil international has been voted the Merseyside club’s player of the year over the past two seasons following his consistent performances despite Liverpool’s well-documented struggle for form.

Coutinho scored five goals and made five assists in his 13 appearances in the Premier League in the 2016-17 campaign before the Brazilian playmaker suffered a serious ankle injury in the first half of Liverpool’s 2-0 win against Sunderland at Anfield in November.

It was suggested that Liverpool could struggle in the absence of their chief playmaker but the 18-time English champions have managed to score 13 times in five Premier League games since Coutinho’s injury setback.

Speaking to Sky Sports following Liverpool’s 4-1 victory over Stoke City on Tuesday evening, Carragher claimed that the Reds have silenced suggestions that they are a one-man team.

“What Liverpool have shown with Coutinho being out, their best player in the last two years, is that they’ve still scored plenty of goals in that four or five game period,” Carragher said.

“Other people still pop up with the goals. There were four different scorers again today. I think that bodes well for the future.”

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Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane have chipped in with vital goals in Coutinho’s absence.

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