Joel Matip becomes the THIRD Liverpool centre back to be ruled out for the season as Reds announce ankle ligament injury is worse than first feared… but only after they sign Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies as replacements
- Matip was injured in a challenge with Tottenham’s Son Heung-min
- Liverpool defender discovered he had severly damaged ankle ligaments
- Klopp boosted his squad with deadline day signings of Davies and Kabak
Joel Matip has remarkably become Liverpool’s third senior central defender to be ruled out for the rest of the season.
The champions swooped for two signings on transfer deadline day, completing deals for Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak but the business was conducted against a background of Matip being told he had suffered a similar fate to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.
Matip went to see a specialist on Monday rather than reporting to the club’s Kirkby training base and discovered he had damaged ankle ligaments so severely at Tottenham in a challenge with Son Heung-min last Thursday that he will not play again for the rest of the campaign.
Liverpool defender Joel Matip has been ruled out for the rest of the season by an ankle injury
It is an unprecedented set of circumstances to lose so many key players in one area. Jurgen Klopp said: ‘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.’
Praising his efforts to play through injuries and sacrifice his own fitness on behalf of the team, Klopp added: ‘In the end, we have to admit that he probably did that.
Matip has struggled with injury, featuring in just 10 of Liverpool’s 21 Premier League games
‘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 – that 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.
Jurgen Klopp boosted his squad with deadline day signings of Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak
‘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.’
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