Liverpool assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders has said that he is unsure how long Joel Matip will be out for with his knee injury, but insisted that the issue needs time to heal.
Having missed Liverpool’s last two games with what boss Jurgen Klopp described as “not a serious thing”, reports surfaced on Monday evening suggesting that the former Cameroon international could miss up to six weeks of action with the issue.
Speaking to Liverpool’s official website about the latest injury news, Lijnders was reluctant to put a time frame on the centre-back’s recovery.
“Joel’s knee is still irritated – we need to give him time,” the assistant coach said. “I don’t know the exact time he will need but it will really need time to heal.”
Lijnders also provided updates on Xherdan Shaqiri – who has been out for a while with a calf issue – and Mo Salah, who was substituted in the win over Tottenham on Sunday following the recurrence of an ankle problem.
Shaq will only be back after the international break,” Lijnders added. “We want to give him the time. With a calf injury it is always very high risk, especially with his calves.
“Mo is fine,” the Dutchman added. “Towards the end of the game it is more precaution because the ankle gets more tired and he feels it a little bit more and we have to take him off. But he is fine, he is good.
“All the others are fit, hungry and ready to go.”
Liverpool host Arsenal at Anfield on Wednesday in the EFL Cup having beaten the Gunners 3-1 on Merseyside in Premier League action in August.