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Published: 10:09 | 8/1/16

Three weeks out for Coutinho


Philippe Coutinho is facing up to three weeks on the sidelines as a result of the hamstring injury he sustained during Liverpool's Capital One Cup semi-final first-leg win over Stoke.

Coutinho and Dejan Lovren both limped out of the game at the Britannia Stadium with hamstring injuries, the same problem that has hampered Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, Jordan Rossiter and Martin Skrtel in recent weeks.

Manager Jurgen Klopp revealed the extent of Liverpool's injury crisis on Thursday with the manager confirming both Coutinho and Lovren will miss the FA Cup third round tie against Exeter City.

Although Lovren could return in time for the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final, Coutinho is set to miss up to three weeks, ruling him out of the games against Arsenal and Manchester United.

"Phil is more serious than Dejan, (who is more serious) than Kolo (Toure) but none of these are available for tomorrow," Klopp confirmed at his pre-match press conference.

"With muscle injuries you don't know. Kolo was cramp and that is not a problem but after three days it is not possible to play next game, but for next week it should not be a problem.

"With Dejan will be available after Manchester United and Phil needs one, maybe two or three weeks longer."

Klopp is currently without 11 players because of injury and the German admits he may have to move in the transfer window to address the situation.

"We have to react on the situation, not only to take new players. It’s difficult in this moment to find players, quality players," Klopp explained.

"They have to be in a difficult situation in their actual club, or the clubs need money. We have to find the perfect solution.

"It’s not too easy, but we are of course with our eyes open. We’ll watch the market, that’s the truth."

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