Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that the Reds are waiting for a reassessment of centre-back Joel Matip, whose ongoing knee injury has ruled him out of action since the 1-1 Premier League draw against Manchester United in October.
The 28-year-old has been unable to train and a fresh scan will be done this week. He is therefore out of this week’s Champions League clash with Napoli at Anfield and it remains to be seen when he might return to full fitness.
Describing Matip as ‘good’, Klopp gave an update on the player at his pre-match press conference.
“This week we have kind of a reassessment scan where you have a look at how it improved, but there’s nothing you can really do a lot, you have to wait until the body is doing the job pretty much,” the Liverpool boss said, via the club’s official website.
“And we will see that, then we’ll know more. He looks fine but is not able to play and not able to train at the moment.”
But despite Matip’s prolonged absence, Liverpool could be boosted against Napoli by the potential return of Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian was left on the bench for the win over Crystal Palace on Saturday after sitting out international duty with an ankle problem.
“Mo looks really good,” a positive Klopp said, also via the club’s official website. “He looked really good in training the day before yesterday especially, after the game. It was really good.
“Yesterday we didn’t do too much, so we will see today – but I’m not worried about it.”
Liverpool have no new injury problems, while Naby Keita has recovered from the bout of illness that forced him to stay on the bench at the weekend. Andrew Robertson has also insisted that he feels ‘fresh’, having battled ankle trouble that had left him unable to train between games.
Robertson on his ankle: It has been better, to be fair. A bit stiff after matches but I can manage with and quite happy with. It can be quite painful but if you don't have pain given the amount of games we play then something is wrong. I feel fresh and hopefully that continues.— Ian Doyle (@IanDoyleSport) November 26, 2019
Liverpool will guarantee themselves a place in the Champions League knockout stages if they beat Napoli. Alternatively, they will get through regardless of their own result if Red Bull Salzburg fail to beat Genk in the group’s other fixture.