Philippe Coutinho’s early exit from last night’s game against Watford triggered a flood of ironic reactions from fans on social media.
Reds were feeling a little sorry for themselves, and understandably so. It threatened to pose as a sign of it being ‘one of those games’, only up until Adam Lallana touched the ball for the first time, though. His presence was enough to restore any hope that was perhaps lost following the injury to Coutinho.
It didn’t take being a physio to realise it was most likely a dead leg that the Brazilian was suffering from given the manner of the challenge and his inability to run it off.
“Phil has a dead leg. Hopefully it’s not too serious but it’s really painful and there was no chance he could continue, everybody could see he tried,” Jurgen Klopp told the Liverpool Echo.
Such an injury rarely keeps a player sidelined for a prolonged period of time and there is a strong chance he will recover in time to feature in the upcoming game at home to Southampton.
His absence made the eventual three points all the more satisfying as his teammates took full advantage of Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal all dropping points at the weekend.
Coutinho himself also took to social media after the game to reassure fans that they had little to worry about.