After Van Dijk and Gomez, it is Matip’s turn to be injured in Liverpool. Jürgen Klopp fears the worst and is afraid that his defensive sector is decimated. It remains 3 days to find a solution, or not, on the mercato.
Liverpool regained a smile on Thursday evening, after having tasted again the joys of victory in the Premier League. But the 3-1 win at Tottenham Hotspur was accompanied by bad news, with the release on injury of Joel Matip, the Cameroonian central defender. After the match, Reds coach Jürgen Klopp made no secret of his concern. “The only problem tonight is the injury of Joel Matip, and that’s a huge problem. »
Klopp would surely have preferred any other player over a central defender, as this sector has been hit hard since the beginning of the season with the long term unavailability of his starting hinge, Van Dijk-Gomez. Klopp has been dealing with this recurring problem for weeks. Last night, he lined up his 11th different hinge in 20 Premier League games! Fabinho was not present, he was also affected, and it was Henderson, the usual midfielder, who was once again helping out alongside Matip.
Will Liverpool take action?
Until now, Jürgen Klopp did not seem particularly keen to recruit in this sector, but Matip’s injury could prompt him to review his plans for the end of the mercato, which ends on Monday. “You can imagine that we think of everything. Of course we think about it all the time, it’s about doing the right things. I’m not being overly picky, but we have to find the right player. We have players, not so much on defense to be honest. It’s unbelievable what’s happening to us in this area, really unbelievable,” he commented after the match.
Faced with this additional problem, Liverpool could therefore decide to recruit a central defender. But which one, and with what budget? Should he recruit a potential future full-back or just a temp for the next few weeks? Time is running out for the Reds, who are already behind in the standings. If they want to fight to the end to keep their title, the next three days are already decisive.