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Joel Matip has told Jurgen Klopp that he is ready to stay injury free at a time when Liverpool need him most.
Jurgen Klopp has spoken at length about the impact this season’s match schedule is having on players. Indeed, Liverpool they have suffered worse than most clubs from injuries due to short recovery times from matches.
Close to Keita, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Jordan henderson and Xherdan Shaqiri have suffered muscle or related injuries since the start of the season.
Keita’s hamstring problem, which he suffered against Leicester last Sunday, led Klopp to a rant after the match that Sky Sports did not broadcast in the UK.
However, after James Milner also found a hamstring problem against Brighton, Klopp overshadowed that trade when he spoke to BT Sport reporter Des Kelly.
The discussion began when Kelly asked the German to confirm if Milner had a hamstring problem. Klopp said: “Yes. Congratulations. “
After Kelly asked if Klopp was speaking to him personally, the manager added, “No, but you work for them. Hamstrings, surprise, and they also had injuries. But ask Chris Wilder how can we avoid that. “
Indeed, Liverpool’s injury situation took another turn after three more injuries emerged in Tuesday’s win over Ajax. Klopp, however, is hopeful that the trio have suffered no lasting damage.
Liverpool have been hit the hardest in the center of defense, with Gomez and Virgil van Dijk absent at the heart of defense.
That has left Matip the only senior central midfielder in Liverpool form. However, the Cameroon international is no stranger to the treatment table itself. Matip, who has been affected by injuries, has just completed consecutive games for Liverpool for the second time this year.
However, the 29-year-old says he feels good and has promised Klopp that he can trust him.
“You have to go back and try to come back stronger, but of course you always need some time to get back to a good level,” Matip said in Liverpool game day program.
“I feel good now and I really want to play many games.
“The fitness and medical departments are always trying to improve things. We are working on different things.
“Sometimes you don’t have that much influence, but we are working hard to keep each player as fit as possible.
Speaking last month, Klopp is convinced that Matip can emerge as a key figure for Liverpool.
He said: “[He is at] The best time of football! Joel, since he was with us, he’s amazing.
“He was amazing before, that’s why we hired him. He’s an incredible footballer, it’s incredible how good he is.
“Yes, he was unlucky with injuries. Before coming here he had no injuries, he played for Schalke for four, five or six years.
“Here, when you start with one and you have to be lucky at a specific moment, but they were all different.
“The last injury he had, someone cut his toe tendon with a whistle, was in the game against Everton last season.
“So you’re out and it looks like you’re vulnerable or whatever, but it’s something everyone would have had if you were in that situation. Now he’s back and hopefully for a long time.
“If he’s in the prime of his career, I don’t know, but I was very happy with the moment in his career that he’s been in for the last four years. Super player “.
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