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Liverpool’s Matip could miss ‘up to six weeks’


Liverpool’s German-born Cameroonian defender Joel Matip controls the ball during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on October 20, 2019. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

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Liverpool has joined title rivals Manchester City in the injured center back department.

It’s just one injury for Liverpool, but the absence of 28-year-old Joel Matip will not be a welcome one for the Anfield set.

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Matip has grown into a near-perfect complement to Virgil van Dijk, and recently signed a new long-term deal with the Reds.

The Liverpool Echo claims that a time table is not clear for Matip’s return, though The London Evening Standard’s David Lynch reports Matip he could miss up to six weeks.

Matip is not Aymeric Laporte, and City is also missing Rodri, but the Cameroon national teamer’s absence will ask a lot of either Joe Gomez or Dejan Lovren.

There are teams with far worse depth, but the Reds will want to be at their best against Man City and that test comes Nov. 10.

He’ll certainly miss the League Cup match at Arsenal on Wednesday, while Aston Villa, Genk, Crystal Palace, Brighton, and Napoli will also meet Liverpool before the end of November. The Merseyside Derby is Dec. 4.

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