Klopp confirms extent of Joel Matip injury and admits it’s a “massive problem”

Jurgen Klopp admits the injury sustained by Joel Matip against Tottenham is a “massive problem”.

The Cameroonian centre-back was substituted at half-time during Liverpool’s 3-1 win and now looks set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Liverpool are already without Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, while Fabinho was also forced to sit out the Tottenham clash with a minor muscle injury.

Klopp’s side eventually finished the match with captain Jordan Henderson alongside fringe man Nat Phillips in the back four.

Asked about Matip’s injury after the match, Klopp said: “Ankle ligament,” before revealing it “looks serious”.

Joel Matip looks set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines with his latest injury

“The only problem is Joel Matip is injured, it’s a massive problem,” Klopp added.

Liverpool will now surely reconsider bringing in a new defender before the transfer window shuts on Monday, but they are in a race against the clock.

“We think about everything. We try to do the right thing,” Klopp said about a potential transfer.

“I am not picky but we need to find the right player. We have players still, but it’s incredible what’s happening in defence.”

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It’s been an extremely interesting start to the season for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

They got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds, before going on to conceded seven in a hammering by Aston Villa.

Virgil van Dijk’s season was ended by injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton, leaving the title favourites looking far less secure at the back – especially with Alisson’s injury worries too.

But there’s no slowing down in what is going to be a busy campaign – with Klopp ensuring his men continue at full pace as they bid for more title glory.

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Klopp does also have youngster Rhys Williams available, while Andy Robertson and Georginio Wijnaldum can also fulfil the role if required, though neither would be an ideal option.

Matip’s injury was a big blot on an otherwise superb evening for the Reds as they got their title defence back on track.

Goals from Roberto Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane ensured they left Tottenham with all three points, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg netting the only reply.

Next up for Liverpool is the visit of West Ham on Sunday, with Fabinho now facing a battle to be fit in time.

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Matip did not emerge for the second half as Nat Phillips came on in his place
Matip did not emerge for the second half as Nat Phillips came on in his place

Speaking ahead of kick-off, Klopp said: “That’s our situation. Actually it was nothing really, he [Fabinho] just felt something and we had to take him out and now he’s out.

“It was not a challenge or whatever, it was not an intense situation, it’s just how things happen.”

Liverpool had not been planning on investing in a new central defender, despite Klopp making suggestions to the club’s board, though their hand will now likely be forced amid their latest problem.

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