Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has stated that it will be another fortnight before Liverpool asses the injury of centre-back Joel Matip.

Matip, who is currently suffering from a knee injury, has not featured for Liverpool since the Premier League clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford back in October.

Klopp believes the injury is nothing to worry about, however, there is still uncertainly on when the defender will return.

“Everything in our life is all under pressure. All the little things have to heal as quickly as possible, but here it is taking the normal amount of time,” Klopp told the club’s website.

“It was not like after four weeks or so that it was already as we wished, so we have to wait another two weeks I would think and then we will see.

“But then he will have been out for six weeks or so, if it is perfect, fine, but he might need to rebuild his physical things as well, which is not too cool, but it is nothing serious.”

This news is far from ideal for Klopp as Dejan Lovren suffered an injury yesterday against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.

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BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 07: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool with an injured Dejan Lovren of Liverpool during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at Vitality Stadium on December 07, 2019 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

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Lovren’s injury does not appear to be too serious, however, it does mean Klopp will have to rely heavily on Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez to play in the centre of defence. With a busy December ahead, that is concerning for the Reds.

There is every possibility that Matip will not feature until the New Year. The timeline on his injury is very unknown, which is concerning. In better news, midfielder Fabinho will definitely return come the New Year.

Liverpool’s next clash is on Tuesday night away against Salzburg in the Champions League group stage. The Reds must avoid defeat to progress to the knockout rounds.

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