There’s been plenty of good news for Liverpool fans over the first month or so of the season.
But this is quite the opposite.
Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho will now be missing until the first week of November, after suffering a shoulder injury in the 2-2 draw with Swansea on Monday night. Coutinho, 21, has been in sensational form during the Reds first four games of the season and will be a big loss for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Coutinho, who picked up the injury after falling awkwardly on his shoulder after a challenge from Ashely Williams in the second half, will miss six games for Liverpool, and the pint-sized playmaker will leave a big hole to fill as the Merseyside outfit aim to stay top of the Barclays Premier League.
On Wednesday, Liverpool released the following statement on their website.
After being assessed by the Reds medical staff, it’s been decided that Coutinho will now have surgical stabilization on the AC joint in his shoulder. Liverpool hope to have the 21-year-old back in contention again towards the end of October.
The injury to one of their brightest young talents is sure to put a dampener on Liverpool’s terrific start to the 2013-14 campaign, with Rodgers now likely to hand Iago Aspas the chance to impress in an attacking role. And Coutinho’s injury does allude to the paper-thin squad at Rodgers’ disposal, as the Reds aim to surge into the top four this season without much strength in reserve.
Looking at things with a positive frame of mind, Liverpool’s first XI is right up there with the best, but as Arsenal will also find out, a smaller squad will cause plenty of problems as the seasons goes on. The likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea may not be firing on all cylinders right now, but during the months of November, December and January when games mount up, they can rotate their squad and grind out results.
Whereas if Liverpool loose a few key players, like Coutinho, then the level of the starting lineup drops considerably and that’s when shock defeats or dropped points start to happen.
Losing Coutinho for the next five to six weeks is a big loss for Liverpool. Time for the squad players to step up.