In a post-match chat, Jurgen Klopp made a veiled reference to the fact that Matip’s injury is anticipated to be a long-term one. This was due to an incident that occurred during an apparently innocuous sideline tackle, which resulted in his substitution in the 68th minute, with Ibrahima Konate taking his place.
Because Matip is likely to be off for a lengthy period of time, Liverpool’s defensive options have been reduced, leaving Jurgen Klopp with possibilities such as Konate, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Jarell Quansah from which to choose. It is possible that Klopp would prefer Konate to be Van Dijk’s primary partner, despite the fact that Konate’s playing time in recent games has been carefully managed. In addition, Quansah, who has demonstrated his potential in Europa League matches, can be an appealing option for games that are of critical importance.
Additionally, Klopp cited Alexis Mac Allister’s “knock,” which resulted in his substitution in the 65th minute of the match. The departure of Mac Allister was attributed to exhaustion rather than a major injury, according to Klopp, who emphasized this point. As Liverpool navigates a hard fixture list, they are confronted with problems as a result of the absence of numerous players, including Alisson, Andy Robertson, Thiago, Stefan Bajcetic, and Diogo Jota. However, they are able to overcome these challenges.
Today, we were to lose Joel. According to Klopp, “We have not yet received any scans; however, based on what we have heard and seen, it is highly likely that it will be a long-term absence.” Despite the fact that it is unfortunate, we must continue to persist through this.