Liverpool FC have been dealt a huge injury blow as Joel Matip is set to face a lengthy spell on the sidelines. The Cameroon international has been an unsung hero at the back for the Reds although the likes of Virgil Van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson receive the plaudits occasionally, and deservedly so.
His partnership with Van Dijk has produced a world-class backline that has seen Liverpool improve immensely in defense. The player has been consistent for a while now, and was key to Liverpool’s UEFA Champions League triumph last season.
However, Klopp will now have to improvise as Joel Matip will be out for up to six weeks as he continues on his way to recovery from a knee problem that has plagued him.
The central defender picked up the knock in the Premier League game away to newcomers Sheffield United and has gone on to play just one out of five games since then.
Therefore, Matip is expected to play no part in the game against Manchester City as well as the three remaining games in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League.
Meanwhile, Dejan Lovren has been preferred to Joe Gomez to fill the void left by the Cameroonian’s absence in central defense. It can also be recalled that Matip recently extended his contract with Liverpool until 2021 after starting the 2019/20 season strongly.
Jurgen Klopp had nothing but admiration and praise for his injured central defender: “Joel’s journey at Liverpool is one I love and I am absolutely delighted he has shown his commitment to us by signing this new long-term contract,” Klopp said.
“As the team has evolved and become better, so too has Joel.
“I said earlier this year that signing a player of his quality is one of the best, incredible pieces of business we’ve done since I started here – and I think now that’s something everyone can see.”