Liverpool news: Matip sidelined for rest of season

12 months ago

In the latest Liverpool news, Joel Matip will miss Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Manchester City after the club revealed the defender is expected to be sidelined for the rest of the season with a thigh injury.

Former Cameroon international Matip, who is in his second season at Anfield, has been a regular first-team fixture during his time with the Reds, making 54 Premier League appearances and scoring two goals.

The 26-year-old has also featured in eight Champions League matches during this campaign and has proven to be an integral part of manager Jurgen Klopp’s plans.

However, Liverpool have been dealt a huge blow after news broke on Tuesday confirming the defender has been sidelined with a thigh injury.

Matip being KO’d comes on the eve of the crucial Champions League quarter-final, first-leg clash against the Citizens, who are one win away from Premier League glory, at Anfield.

Netherlands international Virgil van Dijk will now have a new centre-back partner and it is expected Croatian Dejan Lovren will be handed a starting opportunity against Pep Guardiola’s side.

Liverpool are one of only four teams to beat City in any competition this season and the Reds are 2/1 with bet365 to win the first-leg, a draw is priced at 13/5 whilst the visitors are 7/5 to claim all the spoils.

Klopp is also expected to be without England international Adam Lallana for the foreseeable future after he lasted just five minutes of the 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The 29-year-old came on as a second-half substitute but was forced off shortly after and the manager, on initial thoughts, believed the injury looked like a serious one.

Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah will once again lead the line on Wednesday night with the latter, who has scored 29 Premier League goals this term, looking to maintain his red-hot form.