Ex-Red Mark Lawrenson believes Joel Matip is ‘another worry’ for Liverpool during their injury crisis.
Joel Matip is an injury waiting to happen. That’s what Mark Lawrenson believes, as he labels the 29-year-old ‘another worry’.
“Matip is a decent player but he’s like a willow tree,” he told Talksport. “He occasionally gets blown over and he’s not fit for two or three weeks, so he’s another worry.”
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This is now the biggest worry at the club. Matip hasn’t remained consistently available for over a year now.
He started the previous campaign wonderfully but disappeared in October, never truly getting his place back.
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Then Matip started the first game after the restart but picked up another knock. That ruled him out for four months. His first game back resulted in another injury and Matip was gone for weeks.
Altogether, the Cameroonian has started 10 Premier League games since the start of last season.
It’s a worrying sign as Liverpool deal with an injury crisis. Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are both out long-term, leaving Matip as the only senior centre-half available.
Liverpool really need him to to stay consistently fit but as Lawrenson says, it doesn’t seem to take much to rule him out.
In truth, they needed him even before the Gomez injury. Even more so now.
It will likely necessitate signing someone in January. The problem, then, is that there are 11 games before the transfer window opens.
Liverpool will rely on Matip – there’s no choice – but it won’t be easy. The injury crisis could still get worse.