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Liverpool’s Joel Matip to miss several months due to knee ligament injury

Published at :December 06, 2023 at 05:10 PM
Modified at :January 14, 2024 at 12:14 AM
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Rajarshi Shukla

Joel Matip suffered a knee injury vs Fulham

Following Sunday’s victory over Fulham, the defender Joel Matip suffered a knee ligament damage. As a result, Liverpool anticipates being without him for several months.

Matip awaits the outcome of a scan after suffering an injury in the second half of the thrilling 4-3 triumph. Jürgen Klopp, though, is prepared to lose the seasoned centre-half for an extended amount of time and to unsettle further a defence that won’t have Andy Robertson till the new year.

In excellent form with Virgil van Dijk, the 32-year-old Matip, whose contract expires at the end of the period, completed his 150th Premier League game for Liverpool against Fulham.

Matip has frequently been benching Ibrahima Konaté for the past few weeks, therefore the Sheffield United player on Wednesday is expected to take his spot.

When asked if Matip would be out for several months, Klopp responded as follows:

“When the doctor comes in and says: ‘It doesn’t look great’ … but we have to wait for the scans and the scan isn’t here yet.

“You can imagine it doesn’t look great. It is never good news [when a doctor says that immediately]. I’ve never had that in all my years where someone says: ‘Oh my God, it’s completely wrong and there’s nothing wrong, he can play tomorrow.’ It doesn’t happen.”

Alisson, Liverpool’s first-choice goalie, will not be available once more at Bramall Lane, where Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder, who took over for Paul Heckingbottom on Tuesday, will be greeted home.

After the first managerial transition of the Premier League season, Klopp suggested Liverpool “could probably bin our analysis.” Still, he will review Wilder’s strategy during his first stint as Wednesday’s opponents’ coach.

“With all these circumstances it is difficult,” the Liverpool manager said. “But I know how he [Wilder] played still. I have this on my mind. It’s the same system but executed in a different direction and with different players. At that time they were very well drilled and everybody was saying: ‘Oh my God, what are they? Wingers?’ It was exciting.

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