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Philippe Coutinho is a doubt for Liverpool's trip to Tottenham

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Jurgen Klopp would not have envisioned being without so many members of his squad for his first game as Liverpool manager.

The Reds are without six first-team players and are sweating over the fitness of other big names ahead of Saturday's trip to Tottenham Hotspur.

Danny Ings and Joe Gomez both suffered anterior cruciate knee ligament injuries during the week and face lengthy spells on the sidelines.

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Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino will miss the trip to White Hart Lane. Jordan Henderson is expected to be out until the end of November and Jon Flanagan is sidelined until Christmas. 

But that is not where the problems end for Klopp.  The German has been hit with another injury concern, as the Independent report Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren are doubtful for the game in north London.

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The loss of Lovren would not be as significant a blow, as Liverpool have Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho fit to face Spurs.

However, Coutinho's absence would leave Klopp with a massive selection headache. The Brazilian has been a central figure for the Reds in recent seasons and, with Firmino also out, it would leave the Merseyside club lacking a real creative influence.

James Milner could potentially be pushed into a more advanced position, but he does not possess the same level of skill and ability of the tricky South American.

If the 23-year-old is not fit to line-up against Tottenham then Liverpool fans will be praying he recovers in time for their home game against Southampton.

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