Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says that there remains a “glimmer of hope” that Joel Matip’s injury is not serious, amid further questions about a late January signing.
Matip went off at half-time during the Reds’ 3-1 win over Tottenham on Thursday in another injury blow.
Indeed, the Cameroonian had only recently returned from a groin problem he suffered just before Christmas.
Klopp confirmed in his post-match press conference, though, that the defender could miss many more games than the four he did not play in with his previous injury.
The 29-year-old has ankle ligament damage, but speaking in Friday’s press briefing, the German manager could not offer a firm prognosis on the injury.
Fabinho also missed the defeat of Spurs, owing to a minor muscle issue. But like Matip, he has no chance to face West Ham on Sunday.
“Last night after the game I was pretty emotional,” he said (via Liverpoolfc.com). “There are still glimmers of hope that it’s not that serious, so no we don’t have the final result.
“We will know more in three or four hours, hopefully and Fabinho, no chance for the weekend.”
As such, Liverpool remain without any senior centre-back options heading into the final days of the transfer window.
Midfielder Jordan Henderson has filled in, with Nathaniel Phillips coming on for Matip against Spurs.
Klopp has continually disputed claims throughout the month that he will try to bring in cover. While he has insisted that he does not have large amounts of money to spend, he has also previously dismissed a quick fix.
Despite later clarifying that his thoughts on the situation remain the same, Klopp appeared to confirm that Liverpool will “try” to find a solution.
Klopp speaks of transfer chances
“We will try. It will be funny when you all think ‘Ah, Liverpool is fine with the situation, they don’t care, they don’t try. We try,” he told reporters.
“But there’s nothing to say until something happens, so we will see. The situation yesterday didn’t make it easier, but we try to do the right things.
“If it’s possible, we will do it and if not, not.”
The Athletic journalist James Pearce then probed Klopp about his thinking into a new centre-back; whether he feels concerned about the financial impact of a new signing or whether they fit his style of play.
The manager said: “I’m not sure there’s an £80million centre-back available in the moment, that the club says ‘We want to sell him’. I know that’s not the case.
“It’s both. Of course, we need to find the right player – that’s clear and it needs to suit our financial situation.”