Liverpool fans have taken to Twitter to react after Paul Joyce confirmed that Joel Matip will be out for three weeks.
Matip, 29, is set for a sustained period on the sidelines, as a result. He suffered an adductor injury during the 1-1 draw with West Brom on Sunday.
Matip’s situation has left Jurgen Klopp in an awkward position. And what Liverpool have got are three injured first-choice centre-halves, a defensive midfielder as a make-shift defender, and two unproven players.
The biggest question around it all is how does Jurgen Klopp combat such a loss. How he utilises both Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams could have a big impact. Whether or not Liverpool enter the transfer is another matter, also.
It sounds as though Liverpool aren’t signing any defenders and are simply sticking with what they have. That’s what the ECHO claims.
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For some, this would be a huge concern. Matip has a problem of staying fit, after all. Or at least, he has done over the last 12 months.
Setback after setback for Matip
The 29-year-old began the previous campaign as Virgil van Dijk’s first-choice partner at centre-back. He played wonderfully too, until injury took him out the team in October 2019.
Matip went on to start just eight Premier League matches that season, and one in the Champions League. He hasn’t fared much better this term, either, with just seven league starts.
Luckily, Fabinho is showing he can play the role but he’s the team’s best defensive midfielder. They naturally suffer in that position without him.
Without Matip, it seems Liverpool will have to effectively rotate Fabinho alongside both Phillips and Williams. Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum can cover in defence, also.
It’s only a three week lay-off, after all. Hopefully, Liverpool can cope until then.
His ability to stay fit, however, will always remain a concern, effectively until Van Dijk and Gomez eventually return.
Unsurprisingly, the latest fitness setback hasn’t gone down well with supporters. A growing number believe this is another example of why Klopp should consider looking to the transfer window for a solution in the coming weeks.