Liverpool faced a scare in the first half against West Ham, squandering a 1-0 lead to go down 1-2.
Despite some questionable keeping from Loris Karius and Liverpool having scored a goal, the blame for the side’s slump was immediately pointed in one direction – missing Phillipe Coutinho.
I don't care if Coutinho is on crutches, bring that lad on! #LIVWHU— View of the Kop (@ViewOfTheKop_) December 11, 2016
For some fans it’s been all too much since their 24-year-old Brazilian talisman was put out of action…
When you see coutinho in crutches pic.twitter.com/O5osOh6S3k— gabby (@lfcgabby) December 11, 2016
Many just miss him.
I miss you @Phil_Coutinho.— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) December 11, 2016
And for others things have just got gradually worse.
Me a few weeks ago "It's alright, we can live without Coutinho."
Me now: pic.twitter.com/1ycLx9Dzmf— daragh “ብ̷̢̡̨͖͎̹̪͚̠̜̺̦̖̗̜̰̟̩̦͎͈͈̙͘͝ዝ̸̣̞̯̈́̾̀͊͋̓̈̂̓ (@df_lfc) December 11, 2016
Be strong Robbie.
While others we reckon probably aren’t Liverpool fans had some jokes to make.
Liverpool without Coutinho are basically just Southampton— • (@Vardesque) December 11, 2016
To be fair the Reds have signed a lot of Southampton players over the past few years.
And in fact even their own fans are cracking wise about the team from Merseyside.
Maybe that one was more of a jab at Watford. You leave the Hornets alone!
Without Coutinho, Liverpool just be sophisticated Hull City.— M (@Mike_Nkansah) December 11, 2016
Ah so Hull are getting some abuse too.
Others think his absence has been affecting Liverpool’s other Brazilian forward – Roberto Firmino.
Firmino without Coutinho is like fish out of water..— an UNBEARABLE one (@ny_ennwae) December 11, 2016
However, the fans have at least decided Senegalese forward Sadio Mane’s influence may have been improved by Coutinho’s absence.
Feel like Mane's influence increased with Coutinho's absence and Firmino regressed— Blazincense (@RHPiper_) December 11, 2016
But with Mane away at the African Cup Of Nations in January when Coutinho looks set to return, it could be a tough winter for Liverpool fans.
Coutinho injured. Mane on his way to AFCON 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭— S A M M Y (@SAMMYisagenius) December 11, 2016