Joel Matip and Thiago miss Liverpool training and are doubts for Champions League opener with Ajax

Joel Matip required a precautionary scan after Merseyside derby, while Thiago was on end of Richarlison's red-card tackle; Fabinho could line up in defence if Matip ruled out, after Virgil van Dijk suffered serious knee injury which requires surgery in draw with Everton

Joel Matip ahead of Liverpool's pre-season clash with Blackpool
Image: Joel Matip is a doubt for Liverpool's Champions League opener against Ajax

Joel Matip and Thiago missed training on Tuesday and are doubts for Liverpool's Champions League opener against Ajax on Wednesday night.

Thiago and Matip both suffered injuries towards the end of Saturday's 2-2 draw in the Merseyside derby.

Thiago was on the receiving end of Richarlison's red card tackle but avoided serious injury.

Matip, who was making his first appearance since recovering from a "muscle injury", went for a precautionary scan on Monday that came back all clear.

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If Matip misses out, however, it will leave Liverpool short in central defence for their trip to Amsterdam following the news Virgil van Dijk requires knee surgery and will be out for several months.

Fabinho is a contender to line up there alongside Joe Gomez with goalkeeper Adrian still deputising for the injured Alisson Becker.

Thiago Alcantara played superbly in his first Merseyside derby experience
Image: Thiago Alcantara played superbly before being injured in his first Merseyside derby

Matip and Thiago could also miss Liverpool's game with Sheffield United when they return to Premier League action on Saturday.

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Sky Sports' Richard Morgan:

News that Joel Matip had gone for a scan on a tight leg muscle following Liverpool's 2-2 draw at Everton on the weekend and is now a big doubt for Wednesday's Champions League clash at Ajax will not have surprised many.

The 29-year-old has been bedevilled by injury problems of late, so much so that he has played just 165 minutes of football in all competitions for Liverpool in the past year.

In fact, since injuring his knee in Liverpool's 1-1 draw at Man Utd on October 20, 2019, Matip has started only two games - at Everton in June and on the weekend - both resulting in injuries.

All of which is in stark contrast to his first two seasons at Anfield, when the Cameroonian started 49 Premier League matches for the Reds, while he also recovered from a broken collarbone against Napoli in December 2018 to establish himself as Virgil van Dijk's central-defensive partner as Liverpool won the Champions League in June 2019.

Carragher: Dayot Upamecano should be Liverpool's target in January

The loss of Virgil van Dijk makes Manchester City favourites for the Premier League title but Liverpool can still win it - especially if they move early to bring in a new centre-back such as RB Leipzig's Dayot Upamecano for the start of January, says Jamie Carragher.

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Jamie Carragher says Liverpool must make a significant signing in the January transfer window to replace Virgil van Dijk while he recovers from his ACL injury.

"Liverpool's next big signing had to be a centre-back anyway and I am talking next summer," Carragher told Monday Night Football. "Dejan Lovren went and they didn't replace him so they only have three centre-backs and one of those, Joel Matip, is always injured.

"There are question marks now about Joe Gomez.

"So there is no doubt that Liverpool had to go big in the transfer market next summer. That was the next one. That has now got to be brought forward to January 1st, whoever the target was in the summer. Not the end of January. Not [wasting time that month] negotiating with a club."

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