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Report reveals extent of Philippe Coutinho ankle injury - Liverpool fans react

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Three points against Sunderland on Saturday may have seen Liverpool keep pace with Chelsea and Manchester City at the top of the Premier League. 

However, the win was soured by an injury to star man Philippe Coutinho who was stretchered off in the first half with an ankle injury.

Considering his importance to the team, Liverpool fans have understandably been fearing the worst ever since. Now, a report from the Daily Mail has revealed the extent of the injury - as well as the length of time Jurgen Klopp will have to be without the Brazilian.

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Speaking after the game on Saturday, Klopp refused to speculate about the prognosis on Coutinho's ankle injury, instead insisting the team would know more after tests on Monday.

And, after images emerged on Monday morning showing Coutinho arriving at hospital for further assessment, it appears that the results are now in. Per the Mail, ankle ligament damage will mean Liverpool will be without Coutinho for between five and six weeks.

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Given the Brazilian's form so far this season - he has arguably leading the race for Premier League Player of the Season - the news is a bitter pill for Liverpool and their fans to swallow.

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As we all know, the festive period is one of the busiest times on the English football calendar and Klopp will now have to make do with one of his most influential players for all of it.

In reality, that means Coutinho will miss games against; Bournemouth, West Ham, Middlesbrough, Everton, Stoke, Manchester City, Sunderland as well as Liverpool's opponents in the FA Cup third round.

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There is one silver lining. If the 5-6 week schedule is accurate, the 24-year-old could return in time for Liverpool's away trip to Old Trafford on January 15.

Whether the Merseyside club will still be in the hunt for the title by then will all depend on how Coutinho's teammates cope without him over the next month-and-a-half.

Reaction

Judging by the reaction from Liverpool fans on social media, there are just as many supporters who feel the club has enough strength in depth to cope as there are cursing their luck at losing the Brazilian for such a long time.

Of course, there are those fearing the worst...

But, perhaps surprisingly, a lot of Liverpool fans are trying to remain positive after the Mail's report...

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