Liverpool have missed Philippe Coutinho, Jurgen Klopp admits

Jurgen Klopp has admitted Liverpool are missing Philippe Coutinho but has challenged his players to step up in the Brazilian’s absence.

Coutinho had scored five goals and provided five assists in his opening 13 Premier League matches but was forced off against Sunderland at the end of November and hasn’t featured since.

Liverpool have struggled in his absence in the league, losing to Bournemouth and drawing with West Ham.

While Klopp’s men scored five goals across the two games, they only came away with one point and the German tactician conceded that his side were missing the 24-year-old.

‘I know everybody misses Phil, because of the part he played,’ Klopp said.

‘But we have to adapt now, we know what we have to work on.’

Liverpool’s recent results have seen them slip to third in the table and six points behind league leaders Chelsea.

Klopp will hope they stop the rot during Wednesday’s visit to the Riverside to face Middlesbrough.

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