Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has ruled out the possibility of Joel Matip returning to face Napoli in the Champions League.
The Cameroon centre-back has been out of action since October, last featuring in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United.
In his place Dejan Lovren has featured as Virgil van Dijk’s partner, starting all four of the Premier League games since, plus one Champions League appearance.
Will Matip return for Napoli match? Five things to know…
- Joel Matip has been out of action since October with a knee injury.
- His last Liverpool appearance came in a 1-1 draw with Manchester United.
- Dejan Lovren has been favoured to partner Virgil van Dijk in his absence.
- There had been some hope of Matip returning to the Liverpool side soon.
- But Jurgen Klopp has revealed Matip is still unable to train due to his injury.
Joe Gomez was preferred for the other Champions League game, Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Genk last time out, raising questions as to who would start at centre-back against Napoli.
And while Klopp has given no hints as to who he will pick for Wednesday’s game, the German did confirm Matip’s continued absence, with the Cameroon international still unable to train with his knee injury.
He told reporters: “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.
“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.”
Liverpool go into Wednesday’s game with Napoli knowing a win would see them top Group E with one game to spare, securing a spot in the last-16. However, they can also confirm their place in the knockout stages if Red Bull Salzburg do not beat Genk.
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Klopp not worried about Salah injury
Klopp also provided a positive update regarding the inclusion of Mohamed Salah, who sat out of Liverpool’s win over Crystal Palace at the weekend, having not been 100 per cent fully fit.
“Mo looks really good,” he added.
“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.
“Naby [Keita] was a little bit [ill] after the game, he trained yesterday but all the others look fine.”