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Philippe Coutinho injury inspires mixed reports in British media

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Liverpool fans do not know what to think on this Tuesday morning as they await official confirmation on the extent of Philippe Coutinho's hamstring injury.

The Brazilian star grabbed another starring role in Saturday's 4-1 victory over Manchester City, but was forced off in the 68th minute and replaced with Jordon Ibe.

The Mirror started this whole mess with a story claiming Liverpool's medical staff are currently fearing the worst with regards to the severity of the injury.

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Their journalist, David Maddock, says the full extent of the injury would not be available until later today, but initial tests had revealed the potential for significant damage, leaving Coutinho facing a long road to recovery.

That story was published at 22:30 last night and, low and behold, just half an hour later the Guardian came to the rescue of despondent Liverpool fans with a story that said almost everything they wanted to hear.

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Varying reports

It claims the results of that scan have already arrived at the desk of Jurgen Klopp and it is very, very good news as far as the German is concerned. In fact, the report claims that the 23-year-old could even be fit to face Swansea City this weekend, but it did confirm he will miss Thursday's Europa League tie against Bordeaux.

Those claims were further strengthened by Daily Express reporter Paul Joyce, who claimed exactly the same thing as the Guardian. Of course, we won't know for sure until Klopp attends his pre-match press conference tomorrow where the wellbeing of Coutinho is likely to be the first question on everyone's lips.

They seem to back up what Klopp said in the aftermath of that impressive win.

"I hope we got there early enough," Klopp said. "It was a little bit of cramp. He felt something.

"I hope that's all it was because everybody can see that he's very important to us. He's in really good shape in this moment and I hope we could react early enough."

Needless to say, the Internet has decided to take larger notice of the Guardian's view on things, casually ignoring the claims made by the usually reliable Mr. Maddock.

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