Signing of Ben Davies from Preston and Ozan Kabak from Schalke on transfer deadline day has bolstered Liverpool’s defence after losing Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez early in the season. However, the transfer activity seemed to have stemmed from the latest injury Joel Matip picked up during their match against Tottenham last Thursday.
The reigning champions have now confirmed Matip will miss rest of the 2020-21 season sue to a ankle ligament injury. Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, Jurgen Klopp said “Unfortunately, we found out now after everybody looked at it that Joel will be out for the rest of the season.”
The Liverpool manager admitted that the centre-back had to play most of the season through injuries, and added “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.”
“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.”