Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said that Philippe Coutinho’s injury absence is no excuse for a drop in performance level.
The Brazilian is likely to be out until the new year after becoming the star player in the team.
But Klopp doesn’t want anyone to use it as a reason for a decrease in form and results as the title race intensifies.
“Phil Coutinho is a really good football player.” he said.
“If we cannot use him for the next few days or weeks, each team in the world would feel it, that’s how it is. That’s no excuse for anything.
“Philippe, as good as he is, can’t decide games by himself, even if it looks sometimes like this because he takes the ball, little dribbling, good shot and it’s a goal, but then everyone has to defend.
“It’s really a team performance what we’ve created and he’s a very important part of this team absolutely, but of course we can deal with it, of course we can handle it.
“It’s not the best thing that I can imagine, it’s not that I dreamt about it and thought it’s a good idea for us to show we can play without Phil, but it’s clear that if he’s not in, then we have to show this and we will show this.
“How you see now: Phil, not in; Adam, close but not in; Daniel, maybe close, but not in. These are all quality players so of course we miss them, but we don’t look for excuses, we only want to perform and play football.
“And I think the way we play, it’s possible without them, but it would be better if they were all fit.” he finished.