Liverpool's problems mount as Matip, Alexander-Arnold join injury list

AFP , Tuesday 11 Oct 2022

Liverpool defenders Joel Matip and Trent Alexander-Arnold will reportedly be sidelined for at least two weeks as Jurgen Klopp's injury problems mounted.

Joel Matip
Liverpool s Joel Matip, centre right, and Rayo s Ivan Balliu challenge for the ball during the Champions League Group A soccer match between Liverpool and Rangers at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Tuesday Oct. 4, 2022. AP

 

Matip suffered a calf injury during Liverpool's 3-2 loss at Arsenal on Sunday, while Alexander-Arnold sustained an ankle problem in the same match.

Both players are understood to have been ruled out of Wednesday's crucial Champions League trip to Rangers as well as Sunday's showdown with Premier League champions Manchester City at Anfield.

Losing the two defenders is another major setback for Liverpool boss Klopp after Luis Diaz learned on Monday that he will be out until December with a knee injury suffered in the Arsenal loss.

Colombia forward Diaz left the Emirates Stadium on crutches and with his knee in a brace.

Ibrahima Konate made his first appearance of the season after an injury of his own when he replaced Matip as a substitute against Arsenal and the French centre-back is set to start alongside Virgil van Dijk at Rangers.

Central defender Joe Gomez will likely fill in at right-back during Alexander-Arnold's absence.

Veteran midfielder James Milner has also featured at right-back in the past while Calvin Ramsay was included in the matchday squad for the first time since arriving from Aberdeen in the summer transfer window when Liverpool beat Rangers last week.

Klopp has been battling with injuries from the beginning of a troubled season, with Liverpool's fitness woes playing a role in their worst start for 10 years.

The club are languishing in 10th place in the Premier League, 14 points off the top after winning two of their first eight games.

Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo, who has played just 13 minutes since his loan move from Juventus, faces months on the sidelines after picking up an injury in training.

Fellow midfielders Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita are also out of action.

Klopp hopes to have Curtis Jones available to face Rangers while Scotland left-back Andy Robertson could return to the squad this week.

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