Liverpool defender’s season is over thanks to long-term ligament injury

Date published: Monday 1st February 2021 10:56 - Isaac Johnson

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that defender Joel Matip will miss the rest of the season with an ankle ligament injury.

The centre-half has been a key player for the Reds this season in the absence of the injured Virgil Van Dijk.

However, the German’s time with the club has historically been riddled with knocks.

Matip will now miss the rest of the campaign after picking up his latest injury in the 3-1 defeat to Tottenham on Thursday.

It seems Klopp had been sitting on this information while acquiring the services of deadline day signings Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak.

 

 

The Reds boss told the club’s official website: “Unfortunately, we found out now after everybody looked at it that Joel will be out for the rest of the season.

“But he will be ready for the start of the next pre-season and finally everything will be sorted.”

Klopp commented on the tackle on Son Heung-min that led to Matip’s season-ending injury.

He continued: “It was really unlucky because it was a brilliant challenge he made actually, he saved our life in that moment in the Tottenham game when he won the challenge against Son.

“But he injured his ankle and played the game on and now is out for the season, so you can imagine how much he tried to stay on the pitch and tried to help us.

“We will wait for him. He has now the rest of this season, then the summer, then the pre-season to get ready again and he will be ready again.”


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Defensive setbacks come at the expense of Matip

Klopp conceded that he was at times forced to play Matip, 29, despite him carrying knocks due to key defensive players being frequently sidelined.

He said: “In the end, we have to admit that he probably did that (play through injuries).

“The situation is just, the season started and Joel was injured when the season started, unfortunately.

“We should not forget that at Schalke when he was there he played pretty much all the time completely through, he never had something.

“Then he was unlucky with a Koulibaly challenge against Napoli in the last second, in the Everton game kind of things, a little bit with the foot here and there.

“If something started and then the situation is like our situation – that nobody can really wait because of our situation with Virgil out and Joe out – we always had to try to find the first moment when he is able to play again.”

Since his arrival in 2016, Matip has missed 62 Liverpool games through injury.

 

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