Jurgen Klopp will have to play a waiting game on Philippe Coutinho after the Liverpool playmaker was carried off on a stretcher against Sunderland.
The Merseysiders prevailed 2-0 thanks to a goal from Divock Origi – Coutinho’s replacement in the first half – and an injury-time James Milner penalty.
But Coutinho’s injury took the shine off the victory with the Brazil international leaving the stadium with his right foot in a protective boot, according to reports.
Klopp told a news conference: “We have to wait for the scan, it’s something to do with his ankle. We all have to wait.
“He had pain but pain gets better. In the first moment it was very painful but when I saw him at half-time he said the pain was much better.
“I am quite an optimistic guy so I hope he can train tomorrow!”
A more realistic outcome is a spell on the sidelines but Klopp is hopeful he will not be accompanied by fellow forward Roberto Firmino, who limped off late on with a calf injury.
“He’s much better than Phil,” said Klopp, who also confirmed England striker Daniel Sturridge missed out against the Black Cats with a tight calf.
Coutinho’s unfortunate withdrawal provided the chance for Origi to impress and he took it with both hands, his cross-shot finally ending Sunderland’s stubborn resistance with 15 minutes to go.
“He deserved it,” said Klopp. “It has not been easy for him but he’s a very positive guy and is willing to learn. Today he got the benefit of that.”
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