Liverpool’s defensive issues were laid bare once again fittingly during the team’s final home match of 2020.
The Reds are already without Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez for the foreseeable future due to separate knee injuries.
However, Liverpool’s other only available senior centre-back Joel Matip, has also been a regular patient on the treatment table at the club’s AXA Training Centre in Kirkby this season.
The 29-year-old picked up another injury during Liverpool’s dour 1-1 draw with West Brom on Wednesday, once again leaving Jurgen Klopp completely depleted of all of his senior central defensive options.
It represents the fourth separate occasion this season that Matip has picked up a short time issue that has limited the Cameroonian defender to just six Premier League starts this season.
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Klopp replaced Matip on the hour-mark for 19-year-old Rhys Williams and the Liverpool boss has revealed that he won’t know the full extent of the problem until today, but claimed the issue wasn’t looking ‘too good’ right now.
Speaking with the club’s official website, Klopp said: “Joel told me he felt something in his adductor and that’s obviously not too good.
“I am not sure how serious it is now, but it was serious enough that he had to leave the pitch. The rest of the information I will get tomorrow.”
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While it is common knowledge that Liverpool would benefit with another central defensive option in the January transfer window, it remains to be seen whether Klopp will act in the market.
The Reds have a self-sustaining transfer model that prohibits them from making knee-jerk reaction purchases.
This could indeed change if the need and availability match-up, but it seems that the boss is intent on finding internal solutions as opposed to short-term purchases.
To be missing all three of your best central defenders is a worry, however, and without the influence of stand-in centre-back Fabinho, it is incredible to think how Liverpool could have suffered this season without the irreplaceable Brazilian, who in recent weeks, has become the manager’s most important player.