Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that defender Joel Matip is likely to be out of the trip to face Brighton & Hove Albion this weekend.
The Cameroon international centre-back picked up a minor knock in the 3-0 victory over Stoke City on Wednesday night and is a doubt for the game against Chris Hughton’s side.
“It looks like Joel Matip is out, after the Stoke game he felt something, we have to make a final assessment before tomorrow.” he revealed.
England international Adam Lallana is not likely to feature either and a potential replacement for Matip in the shape of Ragnar Klavan could be unlikely too.
“Adam Lallana is still building up fitness, and Ragnar Klavan was ill, hopefully not anymore given the Matip situation, so we do not have many choices in defence.” Klopp said.
“We have a few knocks, with the Wednesday-Saturday there is not a lot of time to recover.” he continued.
Klopp went on to say that he thought his side had gotten away with one in the win over Stoke during the midweek fixtures when goalkeeper Simon Mignolet took out Mame Biram Diouf on the edge of the penalty area.
“It is the first time this season that we were lucky in a situation, we were lucky I admit.” the German said.
“I was 100% sure it was the right decision at the time, because I thought Gomez was in position, but I did not realise it would have been 100% a goal.
“If it had been red for Mignolet, we would not have complained.” he finished.
Mignolet was only booked for the foul and went on to keep a clean sheet as he stood in for captain Jordan Henderson.