If it wasn’t for bad luck, it sometimes feels like Joël Matip would have no luck at all given his injury record since joining Liverpool in 2016, and the 27-year-old centre half has suffered yet another this week with a broken collarbone set to keep him out at least six weeks.
Matip only recently regained full match fitness after a serious hamstring injury sidelined him in March and kept his minutes limited in the autumn as he focused on his recovery. He had impressed in recent appearances against Burnley, Bournemouth, and Napoli.
With Joe Gomez out injured and Dejan Lovren himself only just returned from injury, there seemed a chance for Matip to make his case for more regular minutes in the coming weeks. Instead, now, he’s out injured again and Liverpool are down to two fit centre halves.
With a busy holiday fixture list on the horizon, that makes for a rather daunting proposition. And for Matip, one has to wonder just where it will leave him when he does return from his latest injury, which will likely be after Gomez is back and playing again.
In other injury news, the club continue to wait on the status of Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was also injured against Napoli, and both he and fellow right back Nathaniel Clyne are doubts for the weekend.