Liverpool have been rocked by the news that key midfielder Philippe Coutinho is set to be out for over a month with his shoulder injury.
The Brazilian was forced from the field in his side's 2-2 draw with Swansea on Monday night after going down under Ashley Williams' challenge.
The club have released a statement on their official website confirming the bad news:
"Liverpool have confirmed Philippe Coutinho will undergo a procedure on the shoulder injury he sustained in Monday evening's 2-2 draw with Swansea City.
"The Brazilian was forced from the field during the second half of the contest at the Liberty Stadium following a challenge with Ashley Williams.
"After being assessed by the Reds' medical staff, it's been decided that Coutinho will now have surgical stabilisation on the AC joint in his shoulder.
"Liverpool hope to have the 21-year-old back in contention again towards the end of October."
The news will be a major blow to manager Brendan Rodgers, who signed Coutinho from Inter Milan in January for £8.5million.
The attacking midfielder has gone on to become a key figure at Anfield and has been praised for his creativity.
The player himself will also rue his misfortune as with a home World Cup on the horizon, the 21-year-old will be desperate to expand on his solitary cap that came in 2010.
Luckily for The Reds, Rodgers recruited heavily in the midfield areas so new boys Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto and Victor Moses will bid to fill the gaps left by the absence alongside the likes of Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson, Joe Allen and Luis Suarez.
Liverpool have made a great start to the Premier League, subsequently finding themselves top after four games and unbeaten with 10 points.
They host Southampton this weekend.
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