Joel Matip: Liverpool defender injured against West Brom adding to Jurgen Klopp's selection woes

Defender Joel Matip to be added to the lengthy absentee list for Liverpool with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Diogo Jota, Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita and Kostas Tsimikas all currently sidelined; Rhys Williams replaced Matip in 59th minute against West Brom

Liverpool's Joel Matip went off injured with a groin problem  against West Brom
Image: Liverpool's Joel Matip went off injured with a groin problem against West Brom

Joel Matip was forced off with an injury during the second half of Liverpool's 1-1 draw against West Brom, with selection problems in defence mounting for manager Jurgen Klopp.

The centre-back, who started alongside Fabinho against the Baggies, went down clutching his groin in the 58th minute at Anfield on Sunday and was replaced by Rhys Williams.

Klopp's squad is stretched with Williams, Nathanial Phillips and Sepp van den Berg now the only recognised central defenders he has available for selection.

Joel Matip recieved treatment and was substituted after injuring his groin against West Brom
Image: Matip received treatment and was substituted after injuring his groin at Anfield on Sunday

Senior centre-backs Virgil van Dijk (ACL) and Joe Gomez (tendon) are both sidelined with long-term knee injuries.

On Matip being forced to leave the field during the second half, Klopp said in his post-match press conference: "Joel told me he felt something in his abductor and that's obviously not too good.

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Jurgen Klopp reflects on Liverpool's draw with West Brom and says he didn't expect them to play '6-4 or whatever it was' in terms of their formation

"Not sure how serious it is now, but it was serious enough that he had to leave the pitch. The rest of the information I will get tomorrow.

"That's not the first time a centre-half is injured, so of course it's not good especially now when he was in really good shape again.

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"But we cannot change that and we have to just accept it and carry on."

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Klopp says his players were 'angry' after dropping points at home to West Brom and also gave an update on Matip's injury

Liverpool led through Sadio Mane's first-half strike but Semi Ajayi's equaliser eight minutes from time ensured Sam Allardyce's men left Anfield with a point.

The Reds hold a three-point lead over Everton at the top of the Premier League following the draw over Allardyce's side

Jamie Carragher claims Liverpool's need for a new centre-back in the January transfer window was obvious in the 1-1 draw with West Brom as Matip was injured again

Carra: Liverpool must sign a defender in January

Sky Sports pundit and former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher is adamant the club must sign a centre-back in next month's transfer window in order to bolster their options at the back for the second half of the season.

"It is a massive worry but it is not a new worry," Carragher told Sky Sports after Liverpool's draw with West Brom.

"That is why it is paramount Liverpool sign someone in January. I said that as soon as Virgil van Dijk had his injury. Fabinho has looked like a top-class centre-back, but Matip is just too injury prone. His body just can't take the rigours of playing in the Premier League week in, week out.

"I still believe Liverpool are the best team in the league even without Van Dijk. The only way they don't win it is if they have problems at centre-back where Rhys Williams or Nat Phillips have to play for a prolonged period. It's not a position for young players. At times they will make mistakes because they are young and learning.

"Liverpool need someone there to make sure that they don't end up with two young lads playing there for five or six weeks if, say, Fabinho went down injured.

"They have to do something in January."

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