By Boris Esono N
Football Writer kick442.com-Cameroon
Joel Matip is expected to be out for three weeks with the abductor injury he suffered during Sunday’s 1-1 Draw at home to West Brom. Matip has had fitness issues this season which had restricted him to just eight starts for Liverpool.
Last season Joe Matip’s started well for Liverpool but saw his appearances dwindling as he suffered a host of injuries. That led to Joe Gomez taking his place in the defence for most of last season.
With Joe Gomez missing out this year it would have been a perfect opportunity for Joe Matip to show what he can do, like that start of last football season that he started in every game until his injury.
“The normal situation for this kind of injury is around 3 weeks. Joel told me he felt something in his adductor and that is not good,” Jurgen Klopp said of Matip who helped his side take the lead against West Brom just 12 minutes into the game.
The 29-year-old played a forward pass to Sadio Mane who chested down and lashed it passed Sam Johnstone.
Jurgen Klopp will hope Matip can be back just in time for the crucial game against Manchester United on January 17. It will be exactly three weeks since Matip suffered his injury, the dateline Klopp hopes to get his centre back on the pitch.
Liverpool thus season has been dealt severe blows in the Centre back position. Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are already side-lined and may miss the entire season, though the former has been showing signs he might return before the season concludes.
It should be noted that Liverpool will take to the pitch this Wednesday against Southampton hoping to put distance against the chasing pack after a series of draws in their last 2 games. Liverpool will then meet Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round.
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