Ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League match against Manchester City on Wednesday, the reds have been hit with a massive injury blow. Jurgen Klopp has announced Joel Matip will be out for the rest of the season with a thigh injury. The defender suffered the injury in the win against Crystal Palace and will require surgery.
The reds will also be without Joe Gomez and Ragnar Klavan for the Champions League match due to injuries. It means Van Dijk and Lovren will be the only fit defenders Klopp has. Nathaniel Clyne is also in contention to play against Manchester City.
Klopp said: “The only problem we have is that Clyney has been a long time without football; he had games with the U23s but not all week or whatever, it was in the last one or two months. Physically, he is fit – but he has no football rhythm, to be honest.”
Emre Can is nearing full fitness after suffering a back injury. However, it is unlikely the German will feature against City.
“He has a training session this afternoon, but even when we could need him really, we cannot rush it. That’s how it is. There is no chance,” added Klopp
Adam Lallana will be out of action for a few weeks according to Jurgen Klopp. The midfielder was injured in the 2-1 win against Crystal Palace.
Michael Oliver has been appointed the referee for the Merseyside derby on Saturday.
Liverpool target Ferran Torres has signed a new contract with Valencia. The winger was linked with Liverpool over the last few days but the Spanish international has penned a new deal to stay at Valencia.
Andrew Robertson spoke to the media ahead of their clash against Man City:
Everyone knows that Liverpool fans take to the Champions League very well and that’s when they create their best atmospheres. They take it up another level. Hopefully they can create an atmosphere that helps us. City’s movement is a joy to watch at times. As a defender you have to be aware of that.”
Liverpool’s U18s suffered a defeat at the hands of Newcastle on Saturday. The defeat keeps them seven points behind Manchester United with a game in hand.