Joel Matip was taken off at half-time against Fulham due to an injury
Speaking in the post-match conference after the draw against Fulham (h/t Mirror), Jurgen Klopp provided a positive injury update on centre-back Joel Matip.
Liverpool went into half-time at Craven Cottage trailing Fulham by one goal to nil. Mohamed Salah scored a late penalty to salvage a draw for the Reds, who looked woeful all night.
On a weekend where Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, and both the Manchester teams dropped points, Liverpool were guilty of wasting the chance to pull clear at the top of the table.
More worrying than the result was Joel Matip being substituted at half-time. This meant that the club was without any of their senior centre-backs.
Liverpool laboured on for the next 45 minutes with captain Jordan Henderson playing alongside Fabinho in defence.
After the full-time whistle, Klopp clarified in the post-match interview that the injury to Matip isn’t serious.
“Joel has a spasm in his back. He will get treatment and we will see. I think there will be a chance for Wednesday. It’s not that bad at the moment.”
Klopp’s interview would come as good news to the fans, who would now be hopeful of seeing him play against Tottenham Hotspur.
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Liverpool are already without Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez due to serious injuries, with Fabinho deputising at centre-back alongside Joel Matip.
The Reds would be hoping to have Joel Matip in contention for the decisive game against Spurs on Wednesday.
Tottenham lead Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table on goal difference. A win for Klopp’s men would see them go top of the table.
Despite the injury scare to Matip, Klopp has maintained that the club is not ‘struggling’ at the back.
“We are not struggling with numbers at centre-back, they are just getting younger and younger.”