Joel Matip was ruled out with an ankle injury for the rest of the season as Liverpool completed the signings on the deadline day of Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak.
Late on Monday, the club announced that during the first half of the 3-1 win over Tottenham last week, Matip had suffered ankle ligament damage in a challenge with Son Heung-min.
Boss Jurgen Klopp said to Liverpoolfc.com: “Unfortunately, we found out now that Joel will be out for the rest of the season after everyone looked at it.”
But he’s going to be primed for the start of the next pre-season, and everything will hopefully be sorted out.
It was very unfortunate because it was a brilliant challenge he made, saving our lives when he won the challenge against Son in the Tottenham game at that moment.
But he hurt his ankle and played the game, and he’s out for the season now, so you can imagine how he’s been trying to stay on the field and helping us out.
“We’re going to wait for him. He’s got the rest of the season now, then the summer, then the pre-season to get ready again, and then he’s going to get ready again.
The news comes after the signings of two new center-backs, Davies and Kabak, were confirmed by Liverpool.
For an initial fee thought to be in the region of £ 500,000, plus standardized add-ons, Davies signed from Preston.
In the meantime, Kabak joined Schalke on loan for an initial £ 1 million with the club granted the option at the end of the season to buy for £ 18 million.
With Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez unlikely to play again this season due to severe knee injuries, Liverpool’s central defense capabilities were extended to the full this season.
Fabinho, who has stood in the back for most of the games this season, won’t return until Manchester City’s visit on Sunday, so midfielder Jordan Henderson had to stand in for the last four league games.