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Liverpool’s bid to hang on to top spot in the Premier League has been hit by the news Philippe Coutinho is facing six weeks on the sidelines with a shoulder injury.
The Brazilian ace has impressed for the Reds this season but is now facing a spell out of action after damaging his shoulder against Swansea on Monday night.
Coutinho left the field after 55 minutes following a clash with Swansea defender Ashley Williams and was spotted leaving the Liberty Stadium later that night with his arm in a sling.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers said the 21-year-old was “very sore” in the changing room after the game but hoped it was nothing more than bruising.
However, it has now been revealed the injury is worse than first feared and he will undergo surgery to stabilise the AC joint in his shoulder.
It means Coutinho is now facing a spell on the sidelines, which is the last thing Rodgers needs as the injuries stack up at Anfield.
Daniel Agger missed the game against Swansea, while Joe Allen, Glen Johnson, Aly Cissokho and Sebastian Coates are also on the treatment table.
There are still concerns over Daniel Sturridge’s thigh problem, despite the fact he returned against Swansea, and Rodgers will be keeping his fingers crossed that there are no more injuries as his side attempt to maintain their good start to the season with a win over Southampton at Anfield on Saturday.