Liverpool optimistic over Coutinho injury fears

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is optimistic over an injury scare to Philippe Coutinho after the midfielder was stretchered off in the win over Sunderland.

Coutinho left Anfield on crutches and will undergo a scan after suffering an injury to his ankle during an accidental first half collision with Sunderland midfielder Didier Ndong.

The Brazilian was in obvious distress, although in Klopp’s post-match update, he said the 24-year-old’s problem didn’t appear as serious as first feared.

“Unfortunately I don’t know [the extent of the injury]. We will have to wait for a scan,” said Klopp.

“What we know it is something with the ankle but that’s it. He was in pain but the pain got better.

“In the first moment it was very painful but at half-time he said it felt better. I have no idea what it is. I am quite an optimistic guy so I hope he can train tomorrow.”

Coutinho is not the only injury headache facing Klopp after striker Daniel Sturridge missed the 2-0 Anfield win with a calf problem.

Fellow frontman Roberto Firminho also limped off in the dying stages after a blow to the calf.

“He is much better than Phil but he has pain in his calf,” added Klopp.