Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has delivered an injury update on defender Joel Matip, revealing he has trained for the first time since suffering a setback.
The 27-year-old has been sidelined since December after fracturing his collarbone in the 1-0 win over Napoli in the Champions League on 11 December, and it was suggested that he would be ruled out for six weeks following the injury.
However, Klopp has said that the 6ft 5in [Transfermarkt] colossus has completed his first training session ahead of the clash against Brighton on Saturday.
“Matip trained yesterday for the first time with the team but we will have to see. [Jordan Henderson] will train today,” he said in his pre-match press conference, as quoted by Echo journalist James Pearce on his personal Twitter account.
Klopp "Matip trained yesterday for the first time with the team but we will have to see. Hendo will train today."
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) January 11, 2019
Klopp is undergoing a bit of a defensive crisis at the moment – Lovren, Gomez and Matip are currently out – but the fact that Matip has trained for the first time since the injury is definitely a step in the right direction. Klopp has had to resort to using Fabinho – who usually operates as a midfielder – as a makeshft centre-back amid the injury crisis, and while he has done relatively well in an unfamiliar position, the manager would much rather have the likes of Matip fit and ready to play. Liverpool are fortunate that they still have Virgil Van Dijk available, otherwise their defence would have gone to pieces due to all the injuries. While Ki-Jana Hoever had a good game against Wolves on Monday, he is not ready to step into the first team in the Premier League just yet. Matip is getting closer to a return – much to the delight of Klopp.