This post contains affiliate links. “As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.”
The Cameroon defender suffered the blow during the Reds’ Premier League goalless draw against West Brom at the weekend
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that defender Joel Matip will miss three weeks with a groin injury.
Matip fell through injury in the club’s 1-1 draw against West Brom on Sunday, compounding Liverpool’s defensive woes.
With long-term injury-injured center-back duo Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez gone, Matip’s absence will stretch Liverpool even further during a busy period of matches.
Nat Phillips and Fabinho started Liverpool’s defense on Wednesday when the club drew 0-0 at Newcastle at St James’ Park. In his post-match press conference, Klopp confirmed the extent of Matip’s injury.
“The normal situation with this type of injury is about three weeks,” Klopp said of the Cameroonian defender.
However, Klopp was encouraged by his team’s injury situation, as midfielder Thiago Alcantara made his first appearance in more than two months and the Reds suffered no further injuries.
“Thiago is a super player,” Klopp said. “Of the 20 minutes he played, 12 were brilliant and then he felt the intensity, which is normal. He trained only twice around the team, so there is still some physical work to be done, still some pace to be achieved.
“The best news is that the guys are back and as far as I know at this point no one was injured tonight, which is very important. We can probably go with the same team to Southampton.”
Liverpool had several clear chances against the Magpies, but couldn’t get past goalkeeper Karl Darlow. Despite not being able to score all three points, Klopp said he was happy with his team’s performance on the night.
“Everybody knows that if we win 1-0 then everybody is over the moon, and we should have won the match at least 1-0,” Klopp added. “We didn’t, and we have to accept that, but I can work with this performance, I can work with the things that we saw tonight. We can build on that, we don’t have to change in the next three or four.” days as if everything is going wrong. “
Liverpool will be back in action on Monday when they face Southampton at St Mary’s.