Jurgen Klopp talks about Joel Matip's absence as he has picked up an injury and will not be able to perform for the rest of the campaign.
picked up an injury duringLiverpool
's 3-1 victory overTottenham
He will join
Virgil van Dijk
on a long-term inability to play.
This might be the reason that why Liverpool had to be drawn into the transfer market in the remaining days of the January transfer window.
“Unfortunately, we found out now after everybody looked at it that Joel will be out for the rest of the season. But he will be ready for the start of the next pre-season and finally everything will be sorted.”
He elaborated a little more on the injured player's situation and said:
“The situation is just, the season started and Joel was injured when the season started, unfortunately. We should not forget that at Schalke when he was there he played pretty much all the time completely through, he never had something. If something started and then the situation is like our situation – that nobody can really wait because of our situation with Virgil out and Joe out – we always had to try to find the first moment when he is able to play again."
He explained the way that Matip helped Liverpool in the match against Tottenham and said:
"he injured his ankle and played the game on and now is out for the season, so you can imagine how much he tried to stay on the pitch and tried to help us.
“We will wait for him. He has now the rest of this season, then the summer, then the pre-season to get ready again and he will be ready again.”
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