Liverpool fans, players and staff alike are on tenterhooks after Phillipe Coutinho was stretchered off in the first half at Anfield yesterday, but Jurgen Klopp has said that he is optimistic about the injury as he revealed:
“We have to wait for the scan. What we know it is something with the ankle. He had pain. Pain gets better. In the first moment it was very painful but at half-time he said it was better. I am quite an optimistic guy so I hope he can train tomorrow.”
It initially seemed that it could be a serious injury, with images showing his ankle at an unnatural angle, leading to some even suggest it may be a fracture, which the club do not believe to be true.
Off the field, the club have also been busy as they prepare a January move for £25 million target Mahmoud Dahoud. The Syrian born German is on fire at Borussia Monchengladbach but his club claim that there is “zero percent chance” that the 20-year-old will depart before the summer, say the Mirror.
Dortmund are also targeting the Bundesliga talent but Jurgen Klopp is hoping that he will be a key part of the process as he looks to add strength in depth to his midfield as he hopes to take Liverpool back to the Champions League next season.
In yesterday’s win, Jurgen Klopp also reserved special praise for substitute Divock Origi as he told the press:
“He was in the game from the first second. It’s not easy, not a situation where you expect to come on the pitch, and he really needed to switch on in a second, and he did. He deserved it, he is so hard-working. He is patient, knows where he has to improve, and is still positive. And he is the player today who perhaps deserved it most as he hasn’t had the easiest time behind him.”
It was the Belgian’s first Premier League goal of the season and was the spark that saw the Reds go on to win 2-0 against what Jurgen Klopp described as “the most defensive team in world football”.
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