Liverpool legend delivers verdict on Philippe Coutinho injury blow

John Aldridge discusses the impact that Philippe Coutinho's injury could have on Liverpool's title hopes

John Aldridge has admitted that Philippe Coutinho’s ankle injury is a massive blow to their Premier League title hopes.

The Brazil international is set to be sidelined for up to six weeks with an ankle problem after the Liverpool number 10 suffered the injury setback during the Merseyside outfit’s 2-0 victory over Sunderland last weekend.

Liverpool have relied on Coutinho’s ability to keep them in the title race this season after a return of five goals and five assists in 13 Premier League appearances.

Jurgen Klopp’s side managed to book their place in the EFL Cup semi-final on Tuesday night in the absence of Coutinho thanks to a 2-0 win against Leeds United.

Writing in his Liverpool Echo column, Aldridge discussed what impact Coutinho’s absence could have Klopp’s outfit in the Premier League title race.

“Losing Philippe Coutinho for up to six weeks as looks likely is a blow for Liverpool no doubt,” Aldridge said.

“A few weeks ago we were all getting carried away but for us to stay on track the way we’re playing, you need the four players at the top to be available every week.

“Things can change overnight. You’ve got this great balance with Mane, Coutinho, Lallana and Firmino. Lallana gets injured on England duty and now Coutinho will be missing as well.”

The Reds haven’t won the Premier League title but finished in second place in 2009 and 2014.

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The Merseyside club signed seven players in the summer transfer window after an eighth-placed finish last term.

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