Klopp: We can deal with Coutinho absence

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists his team can cope with the absence of influential midfielder Philippe Coutinho.

The Brazilian was stretchered off the pitch during the Reds' 2-0 win over Sunderland on Saturday, reportedly suffering ankle ligament damage.

Coutinho's injury means Klopp will have to make do without three key players, as Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana are also sidelined.

"Phil Coutinho is a really good football player," Klopp told reporters. 

"If we cannot use him for the next few days or weeks, each team in the world would feel it, that's how it is. That's no excuse for anything.

"Philippe, as good as he is, can't decide games by himself, even if it looks sometimes like this because he takes the ball, little dribbling, good shot and it's a goal, but then everyone has to defend.

"It's really a team performance what we've created and he's a very important part of this team absolutely, but of course we can deal with it, of course, we can handle it.

"It's not the best thing that I can imagine, it's not that I dreamt about it and thought it's a good idea for us to show we can play without Phil, but it's clear that if he's not in, then we have to show this and we will show this."

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