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Joel Matip | Defensemen | #32

Team: Liverpool
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/8/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 198

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Liverpool face a defensive crisis ahead of their Champions League showdown against Manchester City.
Speaking ahead of the quarter-final tie, Jurgen Klopp confirmed that centre-back Joel Matip will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a thigh injury during the win over Crystal Palace: "After the game, nobody could have imagined [the extent of the problem]. Joel said he felt it a bit but he could do everything, so it should be fine. We all thought it was kind of a dead leg." However, the injury is likely to require surgery to correct the problem which would rule Matip out until July. His absence leaves Liverpool with only two fully fit central defenders – Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren – after Joe Gomez suffered ankle ligament damage on England duty and Ragnar Klavan was ruled out due to an unspecified injury. Klopp also revealed that tomorrow will probably come too for Nathaniel Clyne to be considered as a starter: "He has been a long time without football. Physically, he is fit – but he has no football rhythm." Apr 3 - 10:56 AM

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