Liverpool have a plan to stop Joel Matip having such worrying injury problems, according to reports. The defender is currently out injured.
Joel Matip has had injury after injury over the last two years and it’s hurt Liverpool badly. It primarily started early last season.
Matip began the 19/20 campaign as Virgil van Dijk’s primary partner. He was absolutely fantastic, too, hitting form we didn’t know he had.
He was so good, in fact, that Matip won the PFA Premier League Player of the Month award for September. But then the injuries struck.
Matip picked up a problem that October and didn’t return until the end of January. By then, Joe Gomez was firmly established in the startin XI.
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Matip did win his place back, however, after the restart in June. Unfortunately, he immediately had a problem that ruled him out for the rest of the season.
This year, Matip just couldn’t stay fit. It came at a time when Liverpool desperately needed him to, though.
Both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez were ruled out for the season before December. Matip was the only remaining senior centre-back but he too had a season-ending injury by February.
And that gave us reason to worry about Matip’s future at Anfield. The Sunday World reports that Liverpool want two centre-backs this summer – Ozan Kabak and Ibrahima Konate.
It would boost their centre-back numbers to five, which surely means one player struggles for games. After all, there are only two spots.
We imagined Matip would miss out, given his age and standing. But it sounds as though Liverpool are far from having given up on the player.
Liverpool’s Joel Matip plan
The Liverpool Echo claims that the club has a specialised programme in place to help rid Matip of his injury problems. They’re clearly hoping they can get him back to his reliable best ahead of the new season.
Given the serious injuries to Gomez and Van Dijk, it makes sense. Liverpool will want to make sure all of their options are as ready to go as possible.
The club doesn’t yet know who will be fully recovered for the next campaign, after all. Matip, if he stays fit, could prove to be an incredibly valuable player.
Matip is certainly staying around longer, then, and maybe one of five centre-backs competing for places next season. While there’s a lot of uncertainty at the position, one thing is for sure – Liverpool aren’t taking any chances this time around.