While yesterday and last week as a whole was a good one for our club, there are still questions that need to be asked before the transfer window closes.
Before our 2-0 victory against Chelsea, it was revealed before kick-off that Joel Matip was unavailable for selection due to injury, which saw Fabinho put in a man of the match display alongside Virgil van Dijk at the back.
Further scans concluded that the Cameroonian powerhouse has suffered a muscle injury and will miss the next three weeks of action, according to Goal.
In total, this amounts up to 60 matches that the £28.8m-rated defender has missed since his free transfer from Bundesliga side Schalke back in 2016. A worrying statistic for sure and that figure is about to grow as the weeks pass by.
There isn’t a season that has gone by where he hasn’t picked up a knock of some sort. Although I believe he was unlucky to fracture his collarbone in 2018.
Jamie Carragher told Sky Sports (20/09 7:00 pm) that the 28-year-old “cannot be trusted” when it comes to his fitness, and I am afraid that I agree with him.
I want to see Matip continuously play for this club as I believe he has brought a lot to this squad during Jurgen Klopp’s reign as manager.
The German tactician has turned the German-born defender into a unit of a centre-back, someone that has proved worthy to stand alongside Virgil van Dijk in our starting line-up.
But unfortunately, his injuries are proving to be a problem for us and while it was great to see Fabinho playing out of position yesterday, it cannot be a long-term solution for us.
We had a similar conundrum with James Milner having to deputise in the left-back role during the 2016/17 campaign. It wasn’t until we brought Andy Robertson to the club that this changed for the better.
If we don’t bring in someone this summer, I am pretty confident that the club’s stance will eventually change. A Ragnar Klavan-style signing would do the trick and keep our options open.