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Klopp affirms Matip is uncertain for Liverpool's match with Tottenham

Tue 15 December 2020 | 14:00

The Cameroon international was forced off at half-time due to a back spasm in 1-1 draw with Fulham on Sunday and could now miss Wednesday's top-of-the-table match at Anfield

Matip

has been under intensive treatment since,

Jurgen Klopp

has approved that

Liverpool

 

is not sure to involve the 29-year-old,

Joel Matip

in their top-of-the-table match with Tottenham.

“We don’t know yet,”

he told his pre-match press conference.

“Only two days ago we played, and he left the pitch with a back spasm.

“The physios worked pretty much 24 hours on him. We will see. We have another session today, and we will see.”

Liverpool

 

has many injuries on his list already, with Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, James Milner, Thiago Alcantara, Kostas Tsimikas, Diogo Jota, and Xherdan Shaqiri sidelined for different reasons.

Klopp

verified that none of those would be playing against Spurs but said midfielder Naby Keita could return.

“Naby maybe,”

Klopp

said.

“He was involved yesterday in the extended warm-up, I would say. There is another session today, and we will have to see how he reacts to that.

“With the others, no. No-one else.”

On Keita, who has been in just 10 games in this season, he continued:

“Naby has no rhythm, that’s the truth. That’s because of different things, and that obviously doesn’t help, performance-wise.

“We have two days between games, and we have to make a decision – is he ready? Whatever you do in the rehab process, you cannot replace proper football training, and we don’t have a lot of football training because of the number of games we have.

“In Midtjylland, everyone who has seen Naby Keita playing, knows that was obviously not his best. Normal and explainable with a lack of rhythm, but obvious.

“Now we had to make a little step back with him. It’s not too serious, that’s why he’s back in training.

“Nobody is in doubt about Naby’s qualities, but when you are injured you need to get a little bit lucky that you don’t get re-injuries. He didn’t have that luck. We try to be as careful as we can, consider the personal situation of the boys. Sometimes it works out, sometimes not.”


source: SportMob

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