Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp confirmed last night that Joel Matip has suffered a serious injury, and Virgil van Dijk has had his say on the news.
The Reds are having a great season so far. They are just two points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal and are already four ahead of defending champions Manchester City. Liverpool are definitely in the title race, but they may have to do it without Matip now.
Virgil van Dijk reacts after Liverpool star Joel Matip’s injury is confirmed
Joel Matip has been a tremendous player for Liverpool over the years, but injuries have always troubled him, haven’t they?
The Cameroon international has been at Anfield since the summer of 2016. He has played 201 games for Liverpool in all competitions, but he has also missed 104 fixtures due to injury over the years.
That number will increase significantly in the coming months as Jurgen Klopp confirmed in his post-match press conference last night that Matip has ruptured his ACL.
The Reds boss said, as per Liverpool’s official website: “It’s an ACL, ruptured, so that’s what I unfortunately expected from the first second. Everything looked like that. Very unfortunate.”
Reacting to the news, Van Dijk said, as quoted by Liverpoolfc.com: “Unfortunately, the other day we lost Joel Matip and we are all devastated by that.
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“That’s a sign as well; we have so many injuries going around in world football, it’s something we have to look at as well.”
Matip may have played his last game for Liverpool
Joel Matip is adored by everyone in and around Liverpool, and rightly so.
The Cameroon international has been magnificent for them over the last seven-and-a-half years, and he will be remembered for a long, long time.
Matip’s latest injury is a huge blow. The defender is 32 already and is about to enter the final six months of his contract. Everyone expected him to move on at the end of this season and that is more likely to happen now than before.
ACL injuries usually take well over six months to come back from, and there is now a chance that Matip is ruled out for the rest of this campaign. That means we may never see him again in a Liverpool shirt, which is a real shame.