Klopp: Liverpool’s Coutinho out at least five weeks

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Philippe Coutinho‘s 2016 schedule of matches is over.

The Liverpool and Brazilian magician was stretchered off the field with his ankle in a brace after a tackle from Didier Ndong in the Reds’ win over Sunderland on Saturday.

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He underwent tests on Monday, and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says the absence will not be short-term.

From the BBC:

“Phil needs between five and a few weeks until we have him back,” Klopp told BBC Radio 5 live.

“We will see. He is not in Tuesday’s cup game and for the next few games.”

Coutinho missed Tuesday’s EFL Cup quarterfinal against Leeds, and will likely miss the Merseyside Derby against Everton and a key PL title bout with Manchester City.

The injury spurred more talk that Liverpool could chase American winger Christian Pulisic, as the Reds will also be without Sadio Mane in January for the Africa Cup of Nations.

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