Liverpool news Joel Matip to miss rest of the season MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Liverpool defender Joel Matip is expected to miss the remainder of the campaign
Breaking News ! Joel Matip is expected to miss the remainder of Liverpool's season through injury. The centre-back was forced off during the second half of the goalless draw in the Merseyside derby back on June 21 after hurting his foot. And the Reds defender is not likely to recover in time to play in a part in any of the club's final seven games of a season that has already seen them become Premier League champions. “This season I will be not back on the pitch but for next season, I hope I’m going to be quite early a direct help for the team," Matip told the club's official website. It leaves Klopp with just three senior centre-backs for the remainder of the campaign with Dejan Lovren providing back-up to the first-choice pairing of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez. Sign up for the Liverpool ECHO daily Everton newsletter HERE After playing a big role in last season's Champions League success alongside Van Dijk during the second half of the campaign, Matip has been restricted to just nine Premier League appearances this term.
. Despite the Reds' success, it's been a frustrating campaign for Matip from a personal perspective with injuries limiting his ability to put pressure on Gomez and Van Dijk as Klopp's central defensive duo.
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After sitting out the first game of the season at home to Norwich, Matip played nine of next 12 before the injury at Old Trafford. Since returning to the side at Shrewsbury in the FA Cup in January, the former Schalke man's only involvement in the league came as a 90th-minute substitute in the 3-2 win over West Ham in February. Liverpool return to action for the first time since they were crowned champions when they travel to Manchester City on Thursday evening. Pep Guardiola has confirmed that second-place City will give the newly-crowned victors a guard of honour at the Etihad to make their success.
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