The Cameroonian defender was smacked in the Reds’ Premier League draw against West Brom this weekend
Liverpool Head coach Jurgen Klopp has confirmed defenseman Joel Matip is set to miss three weeks with a groin injury.
Matip was injured in the club’s 1-1 draw against West Brom Sunday, exacerbating Liverpool’s problems in defense.
Already without center-back duo Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez with long-lasting injuries, Matip’s absence will further stretch Liverpool during a busy match period.
Nat Phillips and Fabinho started Liverpool’s defense on Wednesday as club drew 0-0 at Newcastle at St James’ Park. In his post-match press conference, Klopp confirmed the extent of Matip’s injury.
“The normal situation with this type of injury is around three weeks,” Klopp said of the Cameroon defender.
Klopp was however encouraged by his team’s injury situation as a midfielder Thiago Alcantara made his first appearance in more than two months and the Reds haven’t suffered any new injury issues.
“Thiago is a great player,” Klopp said. “Of the 20 minutes he played 12 were brilliant and then he felt the intensity which is normal. He only trained around the team twice so there is still some physical work to be done, more rhythm to be obtained.
“The best news is that the boys are back, and as far as I know at the time, no one was injured tonight which is very important. Probably we can go with the same team for Southampton. “
Liverpool had several clear chances against the Magpies, but unable to find a way to get past keeper Karl Darlow. Although he failed to collect all three points, Klopp said he was happy with his team’s performance that night.
“Everyone knows that if we win 1-0 everyone is in heaven, and we should have won the game at least 1-0,” added Klopp. “We didn’t, and we have to accept it, but I can work with that performance, I can work with the things that we saw tonight. We can build on that, we don’t have to. change in the next three or four. days like everything is wrong. “
Liverpool return to action on Monday against Southampton at St Mary’s.