Liverpool have enjoyed a much more impressive season this term, and this quintet have been crucial to their fortunes.
Joël Matip has not travelled with the Liverpool squad for the FA Cup replay at Plymouth on Wednesday.
Jürgen Klopp will consult Liverpool’s lawyers over whether to select Joël Matip at Plymouth Argyle amid concern the defender’s inclusion could result in the club’s expulsion from the FA Cup.
Liverpool have been forced to withdraw Joël Matip from their meeting with Manchester United on Sunday after failing to get clearance from Fifa.
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Liverpool insist they have no desire to get into a club vs country row over Joël Matip’s availability for Cameroon and only want to support the player’s own decision not to go to the Africa Cup of Nations.
Liverpool's injured duo of Joel Matip and Philippe Coutinho were planning a return to Jurgen Klopp's line-up for the Premier League visit of Manchester City.
Liverpool look to have three quality defenders fighting for just two positions.
Matip has been a big hit at Liverpool since joining in the summer.