Liverpool’s Joel Matip out with a “serious ankle” injury

Stephen Killen
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Joel Matip trudged off at half-time as Liverpool were dealt yet another injury blow and again it is a defensive problem.

The Cameroon international made a key tackle to thwart Heung-min Son’s dangerous first-half attack in their 3-1 win.

He scored a 6.5/10 despite only playing 45 minutes at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

VAR, for the first time this season, came to the rescue for Liverpool as Son’s effort crept into Alisson Becker’s near post.

A goal drought that amassed eight hours came crashing down in first-half stoppage time.

Sadio Mane latched onto Jordan Henderson’s looping through ball, the Senagalese international picked out Roberto Firmino who poked home inside the six-yard box.

Man of the Match, Trent Alexander-Arnold, found his spark in the capital and got his first goal of the season with a well-executed strike into the far corner.

Dane Pierre-Emile Højbjerg beautifully picked out the top corner just under two minutes later to instil some nerves into the Reds.

But Trent got back to his old ways as he found Sadio Mane at the far post who made no mistake in restoring the two-goal cushion.

The Liverpool talisman capped off professional performance from the reigning Champions.

Speaking to journalists after the final whistle, the German Head Coach delivered the news that all the fans were dreading he said,

“Joel had a problem with his ankle. There was no chance to play on.”

The Athletic’s Liverpool reporter James Pearce confirmed the damage of Matip’s injury was damaged ankle ligaments.

Crucial Block: Matip thwarts Son’s attack

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