Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Joel Matip will miss another game for Liverpool as his ankle injury continues to affect his season.
Joel Matip has been struggling with a recurring ankle injury for several years, an injury that stretches back into the time he spent with Schalke in Germany. Despite concerns over the repeated issue, Jurgen Klopp has ensured the media and supporters that the new signing won’t be having surgery to address the issue.
Since Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with West Ham almost two weeks ago, Matip hasn’t played and has been missing training as he struggles to cope with the pain in his ankle. It sounds very similar to an injury that Steven Gerrard had a few years ago which actually turned out to be an infection and resulted in a lengthy lay-off period.
Hopefully, that isn’t the case because there are distinct dangers when joints get infected as fluid can soften cartilage and ligament and there is the risk of the joint being pulled away from the bone which has the darkest consequences for a footballer’s career. Of course, I may well be jumping the gun and Liverpool’s medical staff are superb but there are these things to be concerned about.
Naturally, Klopp is very wary of rushing Matip back into action as there is a big chance that the injury could be worsened.
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“We could have tried to bring him back in the Everton game, [but] then it would have been a 95 percent probability that he is out for the next game,” said Klopp.
“So we decided to give him the time he needed to really settle, because he has had these problems for a few weeks.
“It was always close – next game probably, then not, then he could play, then he was in the squad but we couldn’t use him. We tried everything.
“But at the end you have to accept how it is. It is not possible that he feels 100 per cent comfortable and that makes it really difficult.
“I spoke to him a few minutes ago and he was very positive. But he [has been] out of training for a few days already, and as long as we have other players in training all the time, we will choose them.”
It really is a difficult case as there is no specific prognosis of what the problem is. There are no fractures and there is no ligament damage, but Matip is in a lot of pain and given the way he is being rested, I doubt he’ll even be ready to play Manchester City next week.