Liverpool media round-up: Updates on Coutinho injury, Carragher on Lucas importance

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A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Tuesday morning.

Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho has been diagnosed with a mild hamstring strain after being substituted during the Reds' 4-1 win over Manchester City at the weekend, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The Brazilian was sent for a scan on Monday evening and the Echo's report suggests the 23-year-old will miss the Reds Europa League clash with Bordeaux at Anfield on Thursday evening, but does have a chance of being fit for the Premier League visit of Swansea City on Sunday. 

The Guardian has also reported that Coutinho's injury is not as bad as first feared and that he could be back in action sooner rather than later.

The odd one out is the report from the Daily Mirror who state that it could be worse than first feared, saying the club are likely to get second opinion before deciding on treatment for the man who has scored four goals in his last three league games. 

They say he will discover his injury fate today, though Klopp said after Saturday's game he thought that it could have been cramp. However, a close look at all articles seem to all indicate that Coutinho will miss the game in Europe on Thursday evening. The Mirror's article doesn't suggest that he will miss any more games as of yet. 

Away from news of Coutinho's injury, former Reds defender Jamie Carragher analysed the win over Manchester City at the weekend on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football show, and picked out Lucas Leiva as key to the Reds performances under Jurgen Klopp.

Carragher picked out how as a holding midfielder, Lucas goes to press far more than a typical player in that position, and picked out how many tackles he ends up winning - the second most in Europe.

He said: "This is a player who at the start of the season wasn't in the [match-day squad of] 18 but if you look at his role now for Liverpool in terms of how many tackles he wins, he's always at the top of that list."

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