Liverpool centre-bacl Joel Matip did not train alongside his teammates at the AXA Centre yesterday, according to journalist James Pearce.
Matip is still recovering from a groin injury. This is not ideal news, as the Reds face Manchester United on Sunday at Anfield.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are currently three points ahead 0f Jurgen Klopp’s team.
Joel Matip running out of time to prove his fitness for #LFC's game v Manchester United. Not involved in today's session as he continues his rehab from a groin problem.
If he's not ready for Sunday then who should start at CB with Fabinho?
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) January 13, 2021
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
This is concerning news. The reality is, if Matip can’t get himself up for the clash against the Red Devils, Liverpool will have no senior centre-backs available for selection.
Fabinho is a senior player that has played as a centre-back this season, but he is naturally a defensive midfielder.
However, Fabinho is averaging a WhoScored player rating of 6.93 in the Premier League this season. The aforementioned figure highlights that he has performed as a central defender this campaign.
If Matip is not fit enough to play against Manchester United this weekend, we would play Henderson alongside Fabinho.
Henderson played the entire 2016-17 season as a holding midfielder under Klopp, which means that he has some idea of how to read the play from the Liverpool’s defensive half of the pitch.
Plus, Henderson is an experienced player. The 30-year-old has made 384 appearances for Liverpool.