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> Liver­pool could strug­gle with­out Coutinho <

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

LIVER­POOL’S lack of squad depth could come back to haunt them in their Pre­mier League ti­tle push. That is the be­lief of Reds leg­end Phil Thomp­son.

Jur­gen Klopp’s team have en­joyed an im­pres­sive cam­paign so far and sit sec­ond in the ta­ble, a point be­hind Chelsea.

Hav­ing lost just one top-flight match head­ing in to De­cem­ber, Liver­pool hold a real chance at claim­ing their lon­gawaited first Pre­mier League tro­phy.

How­ever, Philippe Coutinho’s an­kle lig­a­ment in­jury suf­fered this week­end, which sees him side­lined for the next six weeks, has come as a huge blow to the side.

Klopp is also set to lose Sa­dio Mane to the Africa Cup of Na­tions in Jan­uary, while Danny Ings is out for the sea­son, and Thomp­son ad­mits their depth in qual­ity is an

is­sue.

“We are about to find out whether Coutinho’s in­jury is a bump in the road or a ma­jor dis­rup­tion,” Thomp­son told the Mir­ror.

“If Liver­pool are still top, or run­ning neck-and-neck with their ri­vals, by the time Coutinho is back, they are go­ing to be right there.

“Coutinho, Adam Lal­lana and Roberto Firmino have all been fan­tas­tic this sea­son, and it’s go­ing to be in­ter­est­ing to see how Liver­pool cope. If Coutinho is go­ing to be out for a few games, they will miss his en­ergy as much as his qual­ity.

“To be hon­est, I don’t think the squad runs deeper than 13 or 14 play­ers in terms of top-level class, so if they lose any more of those three lads who have been run­ning the show, Jur­gen’s re­sources are go­ing to be stretched.”

Liver­pool could dip in to the trans­fer mar­ket in Jan­uary to help boost their chances of ti­tle glory with Borus­sia Dort­mund’s young at­tacker Chris­tian Pulisic be­ing linked with a £25m switch – Ex­press

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