Liverpool set to count on Coutinho in Sturridge’s absence

With Daniel Sturridge set to miss the Norwich City game, Liverpool will be counting on Philippe Coutinho to provide the extra attacking flair in his absence.

With just four games remaining, Liverpool sit proudly at the top of the Premier League table and are within touching distance of their first title for 24 years.

Following Manchester City’s draw at home to Sunderland last night, the Reds know that three wins and one draw from their remaining fixtures will be enough to hold off the challenge from City and Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea.

Next up for the Merseysiders is relegation-threatened Norwich City at Carrow Road.

Despite East Anglia being a happy hunting ground for Brendan Rodgers’ men over the past few years, they will be one man short as according to The Mirror, Daniel Sturridge will not be fit enough to make the game. Officially, Liverpool say they 'will give Sturridge every chance' to get fit for the contest.

The England international has been a key cog in Liverpool’s successful team this season, though as he hobbled off against Manchester City last Sunday, Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho stood up to the plate and fired in the all-important winner.

The Anfield outfit will now most likely turn to the former Inter Milan star once again this weekend to play off the irresistible Luis Suarez.

Coutinho doesn’t lack experience playing in a further role, and one area where he succeeds Sturridge is his ability to carry the ball forward – noted by his 56 successful dribbles over the season in comparison to the former Chelsea striker’s 37.

With this in mind and Luis Suarez’s scary goalscoring record against Norwich City, boss Brendan Rodgers will be keen for Coutinho – and Liverpool’s other midfielders – to play in their talismanic striker as regularly as they can.

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