Coutinho stretchered off injured against Sunderland

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The Reds star was caught by Didier Ndong and had to be replaced by Divock Origi after leaving the pitch with his ankle in a brace.

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Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho had to be stretchered off against Sunderland after picking up a suspected foot injury midway through the first half.

The 24-year-old lasted just a little over half an hour against the Black Cats after being caught in the ankle by Didier Ndong and was substituted with Divock Origi.

Ndong snapped into a challenge with the Brazilian and caught him in the ankle, with the forward spending the next few moments splayed on the field before referee Anthony Taylor allowed for a stretcher to be brought on.

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Liverpool medics then deduced that Coutinho, who Sunderland had kept quiet till that point, was unable to continue and carried him off the pitch with his right ankle secured in a brace, as Jurgen Klopp sent on Origi in his place.

The Reds boss will be hoping that the injury to his form player – who has contributed five goals and five assists in the team’s Premier League title bid this season – is not too serious ahead of the busy festive period.

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