Liverpool boss Klopp hopeful Matip’s back injury is not serious

Joel Matip Ivan Cavaleiro Fulham vs Liverpool Premier League 2020-21

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is hopeful that the injury Joel Matip picked up against Fulham is a minor one.

Kloppconfirmed as much in his press conference following the 1-1 draw , and says the central defender is undergoing treatment ahead of the Premier League clash with Tottenham on Wednesday.

The Reds boss is unsure if Matip will be fit for the meeting with Tottenham at Anfield, but is positive the injury is not aserious one.

“Joel Matip has a spasm in his back,” Klopp said at his post-game press conference . “We will see. In the moment, nothing else.

“He already got treatment, will get treatment and we will see.

“I think there’s a chance for Wednesday. It’s not that bad in the moment, no.”

Following Matip’s departure, Liverpool were left without an established central defender on the pitch.

Fabinho is well capable of playing there, he has done so on numerous occasions, and he was joined in the heart of the defence by Jordan Henderson.

Taking on a Fulham side who were on the back foot for much of the second half was not a massive test for Fabinho and Henderson, but that will not be the case against Spurs on Wednesday.

Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham can call on England captain Harry Kane, although he is notSpurs’ top scorer this season. That tag sits on the shoulders of Son Heung-Min and those two will pounce on any shortcomings in Liverpool’s defence.

Klopp, who lamented his side’s slow start against Fulham,cannot call on the injured Joe Gomez or Virgil van Dijk, so will hope Matip is able to shake off the back spasm to feature in the clash of the top two sides in the division.

While his defensive woes have increased, Klopp was able to welcome Alisson Becker back into the side following a spell out injured.

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