Joel Matip: Liverpool defender returns to training before the Manchester United match | football news
Liverpool received a hit as defender Joel Matip returned to training before facing Manchester United in the Premier League.
It is currently uncertain whether Matip will be fit to take on the leaders United – live Sky Sports Premier League – With the champions posting Matip’s picture on their Twitter account with the caption “Training time …”.
However, he does provide support for Juergen Klopp’s side, who have struggled with injuries, as he looks to prevent United from leading by six points at the top of the table on Sunday.
The 29-year-old Cameroon international has missed Liverpool’s last three games – the draw with Newcastle, the defeat to Southampton and the FA Cup win over Aston Villa – as they are now looking to get their title defense back on the right track.
Matip would likely line up with Fabinho in the center back against United if he is deemed fit enough to start, although Klopp may choose to start the match with Reese Williams, Nat Phillips or Jordan Henderson in that position.
Both defenders Virgil van Dijk (AFC Champions League) and Joe Gomez (tendon) are still out of action due to prolonged knee injuries.
Matip, who has played 10 games for Liverpool so far this season in all competitions, suffered his final injury in a 1-1 draw with West Brom at the end of December.
Klopp said at the time, “Joel told me he sensed something in his kidnapper and it’s clearly not very good.” “It was so dangerous that he had to leave the field.”
Kostas Tsimikas is also back in training with Liverpool, who has not played since suffering an injury in the Champions League draw with FC Midgeland on December 9th.
Jimmy Carragher says Manchester United could send shock waves around the Premier League by winning at Anfield, so it is imperative that Liverpool explain why they won the tournament.
“I think it’s a bigger game for Liverpool,” said Carragher. The burden falls on them more.
“If United get a result there, then it is the right time to believe that they can win the league. I still think people think United might fall away and Liverpool still have that advantage, but if they win at Anfield, that will send shock waves. Through the Premier League.
“It’s a game where Liverpool need to show that they are the champions, they are the best team, get the result and also the performance that puts Manchester United back where they are.”
Graeme Souness insists Liverpool will be nervous about playing a game against Manchester United for the first time in years, but that they must overcome it.
He said, “When you’re a big team, you only worry about yourselves.” “This has been the case at Liverpool for the past few years, but this season is tough. Liverpool is inflating and inflating, that’s a fact, I am not the one to pick an exciting statement from heaven. They are not the same team, and they haven’t found the same consistency, but they are second in the league.”
“They will think that even without their participation in it, they are still in second place and with a lot of strength in the fight. But if there is one game United want to win, or one game that Liverpool want to win, that is the competition. It was phenomenal and was always there.” They are two gruesome football clubs with huge successes behind them.
“I think for the first time that Liverpool will go into the game tense. For the past two years, there has been constant praise for them, and it is true because football has been great. But that has not been there this season, constantly that is why they have dropped points that you could not even imagine.
“When they are at their best, they bully the teams, especially on the high pitch. But I don’t see that constantly this year.
“United go there as a group of players who feel they can get a result. If they do, it just adds to their momentum.
“If you asked me at the start of the season whether United would face Liverpool at this point in the season with a three-point lead, I would say that wouldn’t happen. But we are in a very unusual situation. From the extraordinary seasons that I can remember, but fair play with United, it was They played with stubborn determination and marched themselves into the fight. “