Klopp concerned, as no end in sight for Joel Matip’s injury nightmare

Date published: Monday 2nd December 2019 11:18

Joel Matip

Joel Matip’s return from injury appears no nearer after Jurgen Klopp failed to shed any light on defender’s progress.

The Liverpool boss says he isn’t sure the extent of Matip’s injury ahead of the Merseyside derby on Wednesday night.

Matip hasn’t played for the Reds since the 1-1 draw with Manchester United at the end of October.

The centre-back suffered a knee injury during the Premier League victory over Sheffield United in October and played against United, but he has been sidelined ever since.

In October Klopp was optimistic about Matip’s fitness, telling a press conference ahead of the Champions League clash with Genk that it was “not a serious thing”.

However, the 28-year-old underwent scans on Friday, but a frustrated Klopp has revealed the results have not yet come back.

“There’s no update on Joel Matip’s scan for now,” said Klopp, as cited by the Mirror. “We missed Joel long enough.”

Klopp will also be without Brazilian pair Fabinho and Alisson at Anfield against Everton.

Fabinho will be missing until the new year with ankle ligament damage, while Alisson is banned after his sending off against Brighton.

Klopp said: “Fabinho we miss from now on because he could not play anyway (against Brighton) because of yellow cards.

“Ali is one game. My man of the match is Adrian, coming on in a game like this and having that knock of the free-kick.



“I want to read something about that situation. It is incredible. An ice-cold keeper getting his gloves ready and then (mimes whistle) – that is our life. Then being in the game to make two saves.

“He saved our lives and I am happy for him he can play the derby.”

Klopp says his side must be mentally strong as they prepares for their fourth game in 11 days.

“In the period we have now, you have to use your fresh moments, and then in other moments you have to fight, which we did [against Brighton],” Klopp added on the club’s website.

“Recovery starts in your mind, you have to want to recover. We try everything to keep the boys fresh with the right food and treatment to go again in the derby.”


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