Liverpool - Sunderland

Liverpool and Brazil's Coutinho stretchered off injured at Anfield

One of Europe's brightest stars, Philippe Coutinho, who has been rumoured to be attracting interest from FC Barcelona was carried off in the first half against Sunderland.

Liverpool and Brazil's Coutinho stretchered off injured at Anfield
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Star player likely to be out for some time

With Liverpool FC giving many supporters more hope than ever this season that they are in with a real chance of winning the Premier League for the first time, today's home game against relegation battlers Sunderland was seen as a chance to add to their already impressive goal tally. But with the game still in the early stages, one of their star players was carried off.

Dider Ndong of Sunderland and Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool compete for the ball.

Liverpool v Sunderland - Premier LeagueDider Ndong of Sunderland and Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool compete for the ball.

As pressure was building in the visitors' area Philippe Countinho went in for a challenge with Didier Ndong and immediately fell to the ground holding his foot or ankle. It was clear he was in a lot of pain and the stretcher was quickly on to take him away. Obviously we now await the medical assessment.

It's a squad game

With new signing Sadio Mané due to be off to the African Nations early next year and other injuries to deal with, manager Jürgen Klopp will be hoping the little Brazilian is not as bad as it certainly seemed. In saying this, Liverpool do not have European football to contend with this season and also have the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Dvock Origi and Adam Lallana (currently out injured) as part of their attacking back-up.