Liverpool have been dealt an injury blow with manager Jurgen Klopp confirming that Joel Matip is likely to be out for about a month.
Matip did not feature in Sundays win at Chelsea, together with Joe Gomez who also had a knock, resulting in Fabinho having to fill in alongside Virgil van Dijk.
Klopp said in the Liverpool Echo, “With Joel, it could be slightly different. It’s not the worst thing in the world, but a few weeks, a couple of weeks, probably after the international break he will be ready again.
“So we have to see. It’s not cool, but it’s crazy. One day and then bam bam.
“Luckily we have Fabinho and he played an exceptional game, so that was really, really nice.”
Matip is a great defender but his time at Liverpool has been heavily plagued with injuries. Having sold Dejan Lovren, Liverpool now only have three senior central defenders in Van Dijk, Gomez and Matip. Fabinho, as he did against Chelsea has become the fourth option at the heart of the defence.
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With Matip and Gomez being players who get injured often, it may be time for the Reds to make one more move into the transfer market and sign a senior central defender to provide cover in that department.