Liverpool defender Joel Matip set to miss rest of season


A statement on Liverpool's official website said: "Joel Matip is likely to require an operation on a thigh injury, Liverpool can confirm". However the long season is finally catching up with Jurgen Klopp's side with a spate of injuries mounting up as we hit the last two months of the season.

Adam Lallana left the field less than ten minutes after coming on as a substitute on Saturday. While there is not set timetable to return, it will be a surprise to see him again before the season finale. "It is absolutely not the time to bring any rush into the situation".

Liverpool host Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals tomorrow night before heading to the Etihad for the reverse leg next week.

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26-year-old Matip, signed as a free agent in 2016 after leaving Schalke 04, has been a regular starter when fit this season and his expected absence will be a big blow for the Reds.

The Germany-born, former Cameroon defender has made 25 league appearances this season, scoring once.

Ben Woodburn has also been ruled out of the game tomorrow night while Joe Gomez is still 2/3 weeks away from returning from an ankle injury that he picked up during the global break.