Jurgen Klopp has ruled out Joel Matip from Liverpool’s Champions League match at home against Spartak Moscow this evening but he has rejected the idea that the player may miss a month with a thigh injury.
Matip was absent from the weekend’s 5 – 1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion and it seems that he is unlikely to be fit for Sunday’s Merseyside derby with Everton.
However, Klopp is hopeful that he will be back in action before the busy festive period at the end of the month.
Speaking ahead of tonight’s match Klopp said, “He has hurt his muscle. I don’t know how long exactly he’ll be out, but he’s definitely not playing Wednesday. A month? No, I don’t think so. But as always, it’s possible. We have to wait. But it’s possible that it will be shorter. We will see.”
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Over the weekend Klopp was also without Joe Gomez and Ragnar Klavan was only fit enough to sit on the bench after suffering from illness earlier in the week. As a result, Klopp had to put together a midfield back three made up of the midfielders Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum who played either side of Dejan Lovren.
Klopp said that the pair didn’t have much time to prepare for their switch into defence but he was pleased with the result.
“Emre needs to do that, like Gini can do that. They have to do it, we don’t have anybody else. I enjoyed it. It was like ‘wow, interesting’. We had 20 minutes in training and then we spoke for a little bit in the team meeting before the game again about it. But it’s not long. It was clear it wouldn’t be perfect, but the boys were ready to cope with the difficulties of the new system. They did really well.”