New Liverpool manager, whoever he may be, could be without the club’s arguably best play maker Philippe Coutinho, after an unspecified injury forced him away from participating for Brazil national team.
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October 6, 2015
Coutinho has a minor groin injury
According to latest report, Coutinho has a minor groin injury, but it is not a major setback, as Liverpool are hoping he will be fit to play against Tottenham on 17th October.
— Carl Markham (@carlmarkham) October 6, 2015
5th October, 2015
Kaka called up by Brazil to replace Coutinho
Latin America football expert Tim Vickery had earlier confirmed the news of Coutinho’s injury but he didn’t give any info on the type of injury and how long he might be out.
Kaka called up by Brazil, with Coutinho injured
— Tim Vickery (@Tim_Vickery) October 5, 2015
However, the Brazilian Football Confederation has announced on Monday Coutinho has been to force to withdraw from their squad with an unspecified injury.
He will miss World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Venezuela.
Liverpool have had a stuttering start to the season (10th in the Premier League, three points off top four though), and following a string of poor results, the club have been forced to part ways with Brendan Rodgers.
Coutinho, who has emerged as one of the talismanic figure in the Liverpool side following the departures of Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling, has been brilliant up to this point (often won games for his team single handed) so news on his injury (let’s hope it’s not serious) setback comes at the worst possible time.
Coutinho has improved immensely over the past couple of years. His importance to the side cannot be justified with goals and assists only. He is the creative heartbeat for Liverpool, plus an added responsibility bestowed on his shoulder makes him an irreplaceable member of the squad.
And yet he has improved on his shooting technique (Only Christian Eriksen has had more shots from outside the box last season), as a result he has added more goals to complement his ability to pick intelligent passes for his team mates.
Liverpool have been heavily reliant on him for his creativity, despite strengthening the squad significantly ahead of the 2015/16 season.
In absence of Coutinho, former Real Madrid player Kaka has been called up for the Brazil national team.