Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp has confirmed defender Joel Matip is set to miss three weeks with a groin injury.
Matip went down with the injury in the club’s 1-1 draw against West Brom on Sunday, furthering Liverpool’s problems in defence.
Already without centre-back duo Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez with long-term injuries, Matip’s absence will stretch Liverpool further during a busy period of fixtures.
Nat Phillips and Fabinho started in defence for Liverpool on Wednesday as the club drew Newcastle 0-0 at St James’ Park. In his post-game press conference, Klopp confirmed the extent of Matip’s injury.
“The normal situation with this kind of injury is around about three weeks,” Klopp said of the Cameroon defender.
Klopp however was encouraged by his side’s injury situation as midfielder Thiago Alcantara made his first appearance in more than two months and the Reds suffered no new injury concerns.
“Thiago is a super player,” Klopp said. “From the 20 minutes he played, 12 were brilliant and then he felt the intensity, which is normal. He trained only twice around the team, so there is still some physical work to do, still some rhythm to get.
“The best news is that the boys are back, and as far as I know in the moment, nobody got injured tonight which is very important. Probably, we can go with the same squad to Southampton.”