Liverpool’s Coutinho, Lovren sidelined with injuries

Liverpool, Jan 7 (IANS) Midfielder Philippe Coutinho will be out till the end of this month and defender Dejan Lovren will be sidelined for the next 10 days with injuries relating to their hamstrings, Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp confirmed on Thursday.

The duo will miss the FA Cup third-round trip to Exeter City on Friday and next week’s English Premier League matches against Arsenal and Manchester United. Kolo Touré will also be absent against Exeter.

“Phil is more serious than Dejan and Kolo but none of the three players will be available tomorrow. With muscle injuries you don’t know,” Klopp was quoted as saying by the Guardian.

“Kolo was cramp but after three days you can’t play the next game. Dejan will be available after Man United. Phil may need two to three weeks longer. It’s rare it’s quicker, sometimes it’s longer.”

The former Borrussia Dortmund manager also said that due to the injury problems Liverpool are scouting the transfer market and will buy a player if required.

“Of course we have to react to the situation and not only to take new players. It is difficult to find quality players who are available now. Sometimes they are in difficult positions at their clubs or it is a question of money. It is not easy. Our eyes are open and we are watching the market,” Klopp said.

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