Liverpool Hit As Matip Ruled Out For Rest Of Season

FILE PHOTO Crystal Palace’s Zaire-born Belgian striker Christian Benteke (L), Liverpool’s English midfielder Jordan Henderson and Liverpool’s German-born Cameroonian defender Joel Matip vie for the ball during the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park in south London on March 31, 2018.¬† ¬†Glyn KIRK / AFP

 

Cameroon international defender Joel Matip is out for the rest of the season, dealing a blow to Liverpool on the eve of their Champions League quarter-final first leg clash with Manchester City.

The 26-year-old Germany-born star requires surgery on a thigh he injured during his side’s 2-1 victory over Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace on Saturday, the club said.

“Matip was able to complete the full 90 minutes of the fixture, but afterward medical assessment on the thigh revealed surgery is expected to be required to correct the problem,” said a statement on liverpoolfc.com.

“The operation is likely to end the 26-year-old’s involvement in the remainder of the 2017-18 season.”

Matip’s injury adds to manager Jurgen Klopp’s defensive woes as England full-back Joe Gomez is on the sidelines with an ankle injury whilst fellow England international Nathaniel Clyne has not played this season due to a back injury.

Klopp is hoping Emre Can will have recovered from a back problem which forced him to miss Germany’s international friendlies and the win at Palace.

He is also awaiting an update on Adam Lallana’s leg injury after the England midfielder limped off just three minutes after coming on in the second half of the Palace match.

AFP

Liverpool Aim To Close Gap On Chelsea

Liverpool, ChelseaLiverpool Manager, Jurgen Klopp, believes a little more luck on the injury front is all that is separating his team from Chelsea.

Klopp made the remark as he tipped his side to secure all three points when they host Stoke City on Tuesday.

The Reds have only lost twice all season but are currently missing the influential Philippe Coutinho as they prepare for the first of their two home games before the end of the year.

Coutinho is not likely to return before 2017 due to an ankle injury, while defender Joel Matip is also struggling with his fitness.

Chelsea are dominating the English Premier League table while Liverpool trail them with six points.