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Coutinho injury prompts Liverpool to ramp up interest in Bundesliga star

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Losing a player to injury is never pleasant, but almost every Liverpool fan would rather see anyone but Philippe Coutinho confined to the sidelines.

The Brazilian has been a crucial figure for the Reds this season having racked up five goals and six assists in the Premier League before suffering an ankle injury against Sunderland on Saturday.

Despite securing three points via the 2-0 win at Anfield, plenty of Liverpool supporters could be forgiven for being more concerned about the potential seriousness of Coutinho’s problem.

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It has since been confirmed the Brazilian could be ruled out for as many as ten games, including the Merseyside derby and a crucial meeting with Manchester City on New Year’s Day.

Considering Jurgen Klopp will be without his star playmaker for six weeks during such an important stage of the campaign, he is believed to be considering the wise option of bringing in reinforcements in January.

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The Daily Mail reports the Reds are gearing up to accelerate their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund starlet Christian Pulisic in reaction to losing Coutinho and Danny Ings while Saido Mane is at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Still just 18-years-old, the versatile midfielder is capable of offering a reliable source of creativity from either out wide on either flank or behind the striker.

Pulisic has established himself as a key member for Dortmund while contributing two goals and four assists in nine Bundesliga appearances, which explains why the Bundesliga giants would demand a premium fee to sell him.

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Liverpool would likely be required to fork out in excess of £25 million to lure the American away from Signal Iduna Park this January – a significant gamble for a player at such an early stage of his career.

Pulisic – who has earned 11 senior caps for the United States – is under contract with the Germans until 2019 and club sporting director Michael Zorc has reportedly discussed offering new terms.

Liverpool already had a move for the youngster rejected during the summer transfer window, and his employers are understandably keen to secure his future with them.

With that being said, Anfield could certainly present an attractive option for Pulisic – who has previously expressed a desire to play in England having lived there for a year when he was seven-years-old.

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