Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Joel Matip has been ruled out of action for the remainder of the season.
Matip picked up an injury when he had a collision with Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min during the first half of Liverpool’s 3-1 league win in London last Thursday.
After undergoing scans and diagnosis by the club’s medical stuff, it was revealed that the Cameroonian defender will not be able to play any further part for the Reds in the next six months.
The English champions are already without fellow centre-backs Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk due to long-term injuries, however, Klopp’s defensive options have been bolstered by the deadline-day acquisition of Ben Davies from Preston North End and Ozan Kabak from Schalke 04.
Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, manager Jurgen Klopp explained that the former Schalke defender will be side-lined for sometime.
“Unfortunately, we found out now after everybody looked at it that Joel will be out for the rest of the season.
“But he will be ready for the start of the next pre-season and finally everything will be sorted,” he said.
Klopp went on to praise Matip’s resilience including playing when injured at one game.
“In the end, we have to admit that he probably did that. The situation is just, the season started and Joel was injured when the season started, unfortunately. We should not forget that at Schalke when he was there he played pretty much all the time completely through, he never had something.
“Then he was unlucky with a Koulibaly challenge against Napoli in the last second, in the Everton game kind of things, a little bit with the foot here and there. If something started and then the situation is like our situation where nobody can really wait because of our situation with Virgil out and Joe out – we always had to try to find the first moment when he is able to play again.
“It was really unlucky because it was a brilliant challenge he made actually, he saved our life in that moment in the Tottenham game when he won the challenge against Son.
“But he injured his ankle and played the game on and now is out for the season, so you can imagine how much he tried to stay on the pitch and tried to help us.
“We will wait for him. He has now the rest of this season, then the summer, then the pre-season to get ready again and he will be ready again.”
Liverpool had a busy deadline-day, they completed the signing of Davies and Ozak while Takumi MinaMino was sent out on loan to Southampton.
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