Joel Matip trained with Liverpool for the first time since his injury on December 27, according to reports. This could be a major boost for Jurgen Klopp ahead of Sunday’s encounter against Manchester United.
The 29-year-old is in a race against time to be fit in time for the top-of-the-table clash at Anfield.
Matip, a free signing from Schalke in 2016, was originally a big doubt for the encounter following an adductor problem. However, pictures have emerged from the club’s AXA Training Centre of the player taking part in Friday afternoon’s session.
According to reputable journalist David Lynch, if Matip is able to complete another session on Saturday, he should be expected to start against United.
Having him back in the starting line-up would be a major boost, then. Liverpool cannot afford to sacrifice Jordan Henderson in central defence, after all, as the club-captain is too integral in his naturally-suited midfield role.
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It also reduces the risk of playing the equally inexperienced defensive duo, Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams. Both players have performed admirably when called upon but throwing either player in at the deep end against the likes of Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes would is best avoided.
Liverpool fans react to Matip boost
Here’s how Liverpool fans reacted to the news that Matip could back in contention for the weekend’s standout fixture…