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Liverpool can cope without Coutinho: Alex
January 13, 2018
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London: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says Liverpool can cope without Philippe Coutinho as they prepare for the daunting task of hosting Premier League leaders Manchester City on Sunday.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, who experienced key personnel such Robin van Persie leave when he was at Arsenal, believes he and the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino can help fill the void without too much disruption.

“I haven’t really even thought about Phil leaving,” he said. “You realise it happens but you can’t start thinking ‘what are we going to do now that Phil is not here?’

“It can’t be that at all. It’s business as usual.

“When Phil wasn’t in the team we still played great football and we have still amazing players who can score goals -- the likes of Mo (Salah), Sadio, Roberto.”

With Liverpool seemingly unlikely to buy a replacement in the January transfer window, Coutinho’s departure provides an opening for Oxlade-Chamberlain and others to secure more regular football. After a testing start to his Anfield career, having arrived on the final day of the August window, the England international is starting to show the sort of form that persuaded Klopp to spend £35 million on him.

“Of course it’s an opportunity for me, just as it is for all the rest of the boys who want to play there,” he said. “It is our job to keep the wheels moving and momentum going.

Agence France-Presse

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