Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho ruled out for six weeks
Monday’s 2-2 draw at Swansea came at a cost for Liverpool, with Philippe Coutinho incurring a shoulder injury which will see the Brazilian miss the next few games for the Reds.
September 18th, 2013
Coutinho has been an ever-present for Liverpool this term, although a high challenge from Ashley Williams led to the midfielder being substituted at the Liberty Stadium, with the club now confirming he will be sidelined for roughly six weeks.
“It’s been decided Coutinho will now have surgical stabilisation on the AC joint in his shoulder,” Liverpool said.
Liverpool hope he will be “back in contention again towards the end of October”.
The 21-year-old’s absence is a blow although it could be softened by the return of Luis Suarez, with the Uruguayan nearing an end to his ten-game suspension for biting Branislav Ivanovic.
Brendan Rodgers believes that Suarez can help the Reds to enjoy a memorable season, telling the Liverpool Echo: “It’s early stages but it keeps the momentum going and in the next couple of weeks we have one of the best strikers in the world coming back.
“You can’t look too much at it [being top], but you’d rather be there than be at the bottom. And what it does is that the more you are up there, the more aggression — and will and desire — you have to stay there.
“It’s only four games in, but we’ve had four tough games and we have only lost once in the last 16-odd games. So we are getting a level of consistency, and that was the biggest thing for me.
“Coming here there was no consistency in the performance and now we are just churning out wins. And if we can’t win, we are drawing games with resilient performances like in the last 25 minutes at Swansea.
“But I believe we will get better and more fluent as the season goes on, so we are happy to be there and it gives us the fight to stay there.”