Joel Matip is a possibility to start v Manchester United in 11 days’ time following his groin injury picked up v West Brom on Boxing Day, according to the Athletic.
James Pearce said as much in. podcast today.
🔺 Matip injury hopes
🔺 New centre-back discussion
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— The Athletic UK (@TheAthleticUK) January 6, 2021
The Cameroonian is a sensational defender, but his consistent unavailability is a curse and the fact of the matter is he can’t be relied on as a starter because of it.
But with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez out for the foreseeable, Matip and Fabinho are our first-choice partnership – and without Matip, we rely on either Rhys Williams, Nat Phillips or Jordan Henderson beside the Brazilian.
For different reasons, none of these are ideal options.
Really, we need a new centre-back to arrive this January transfer window – as even if Matip makes it through the United game – he’ll pick up another issue before the season is out.
Let’s see if Klopp and Michael Edwards agree.