Jamie Carragher told Sky Sports that Joel Matip is ‘too injury-prone’ and the Liverpool defender cannot deal with the physical nature of the Premier League.
Over the weekend, Matip suffered another injury during Liverpool’s 1-1 draw against relegation-threatened West Brom.
The 2016 signing just adds to the defensive problems Jurgen Klopp has had to deal with this season, as the £100k-a-week star [Spotrac] joins Virgil van Dijk and Joel Gomez in the treatment room.
Whilst Carragher admitted that Matip’s injury is a ‘worry’, he made it clear that it’s nothing new given his problems since joining.
“It’s a massive worry, but it’s not a new worry,” said Carragher. “Joel Matip will not play every game between now until the end of the season. You know that even before the injury against West Brom and that’s why it’s paramount that Liverpool sign someone in January.
“I said that as soon as Virgil van Dijk had his injury against Everton. Fabinho has gone back there and looked like a top-class centre-back. Maybe people at the club feel that the need wasn’t urgent.
“Joel Matip is just too injury-prone. His body cannot take the rigors of playing Premier League football, week in and week out. We know that since he joined. He’s a really good player.”
Liverpool’s trophies under Jurgen Klopp
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Given that Liverpool have lost two of their main centre-backs to long-term injuries, they have to be applauded for the manner in which they have responded.
From Klopp’s decision-making to the performances from the likes of Rhys Williams, who have come in during such pressured situations.
Plus, Fabinho has stepped up and been that experienced and calming figure at the back, so whilst his performances continue to rise, it will be interesting to see if those on Merseyside knock on anyone’s door for another defender.