Liverpool Manager Reacts to Matip Injury

Matt Thielen
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Liverpool central defender Joel Matip has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2020/21 season. His injury was announced shortly after Liverpool officially signed both Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies.

Joel Matip was injured in the first half of Liverpool’s 3-1 Premier League win over Tottenham. He sustained the injury when attempting a challenge on Son Heung-min.

Jurgen Klopp hailed Matip’s injury “really unlucky”. Klopp stated that it was a “brilliant challenge that saved our life in that moment in the Tottenham game.”

The club announced after a series of scans that Matip will not play for the rest of the season.

“Unfortunately, we found out now after everybody looked at it that Joel will be out for the rest of the season.”

Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp on Joel Matip’s injury

Liverpool will “Wait” for Matip

Klopp added that Matip “probably” played through injuries and sacrifice his own health for the best of the squad.

“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.”

The Liverpool manager went on to discuss just how unlcky the Cameroon international was.

“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.”

Jurgen Klopp speaking about Liverpool defender Joel Matip

The Liverpool manager ended his press conference by saying, “We will wait for him. He has now the rest of this season, then the summer, then the pre-season to get ready again. He will be ready again.”

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