Joel Matip joins Liverpool’s lengthy injury list with a calf problem

Liverpool’s injury woes continue to mount after defender Joel Matip was sidelined for at least a couple of weeks with a calf problem.

Sunday’s 3-2 defeat by Premier League leaders Arsenal proved more damaging than just the actual result as Matip became the third player to be substituted in the game and now faces a sacking.

Striker Luis Diaz, who left the Emirates on crutches and with one knee in a brace, has been ruled out until after the World Cup with a knee injury after scans on Monday revealed a longer-term problem.

Under-fire defender Trent Alexander-Arnold suffered an ankle injury that will rule him out of the midweek trip to Rangers – where a win will squash their chances of reaching the K Manchester City.

Matip was unlikely to have played at Ibrox after three games in a week but is understood to now face an enforced absence.

Fellow centre-back Ibrahima Konate made his first appearance of the season from injury replacing Matip at the Emirates and will start alongside Virgil van Dijk at Ibrox.

Joe Gomez, Liverpool’s fourth centre-back, is expected to step in at right-back during Alexander-Arnold’s absence, although midfielder James Milner is also there, while summer signing Aberdeen Calvin Ramsay has been included in the squad for the matchday for the first time against the Rangers last week after injury.

Liverpool had 10 players at the start of the season and after a brief hiatus that number has now risen back to six, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita – left out of the Champions League squad due to injuries – joined by the one on loan Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo sidelined for up to three months after just 13 minutes of play.

Manager Jurgen Klopp, who is currently battling the club’s worst start to the season in a decade, is hoping to have midfielder Curtis Jones back in the squad after almost a week of training, while first-choice left-back Andy Robertson could return to the group this week after one Knee injury in a timely boost ahead of City’s visit.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/joel-matip-trent-alexanderarnold-liverpool-luis-diaz-arsenal-b2200191.html Joel Matip joins Liverpool’s lengthy injury list with a calf problem

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