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Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho taken off with ankle injury

Philippe Coutinho

Coutinho was taken off with a protective brace around his leg

Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho could face a lengthy spell out after being taken off on a stretcher during the 2-0 win against Sunderland.

The 24-year-old was tackled by Didier Ndong and immediately dropped to the turf wincing in pain before being carried off with his leg in a brace.

“It is an ankle injury but we can’t say any more until we see a scan,” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

“Roberto Firmino also got a knock on the calf but it should not be serious.”

Ex-Arsenal defender Martin Keown said on Final Score: “It’s not looking good for Coutinho.

“He was writhing in agony and waved at the bench straight away. It looks like a really bad injury.”

Brazilian Coutinho has been in superb form for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season scoring five league goals and six assists in the Premier League.

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Coutinho was tackled in the Sunderland box by Didier Ndong