Liverpool's victory over Tottenham came at a huge cost as club loses another player to injury

Liverpool's victory over Tottenham came at a huge cost as club loses another player to injury

- Joel Matip is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines, Jurgen Klopp revealed

- The 29-year-old was substituted in Liverpool's 3-1 victory over Tottenham

- The Reds are now without a centre-back as Fabinho is also injured

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Liverpool broke their five-match winless streak but had to pay the price as Joel Matip was substituted because of an injury problem.

The Camerounina defender was taken off at half time for the young Nathaniel Philips to fill in the void in the defensive line.

The 29-year-old was the only available central defender in Jurgen Klopp's squad after Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez have been sidelined with respective injury problems.

Liverpool's victory over Tottenham came at a huge cost as club loses another player to injury
Liverpool's victory over Tottenham came at a huge cost as Joel Matip gets injured. Photo by Marc Atkins
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Brazilain midfielder Fabinho has been used in the centre-back position but missed the Spurs game due to injury.

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And in a post-match interview, Klopp revealed that Matip's injury looks serious adding that he has damaged his ankle ligaments and that there was no way he could continue the game.

When asked about shopping for a replacement before the January window closes, Klopp was quoted by Give Me Sport saying:

"You can imagine that we think about everything. It's about doing the right thing. We need to find the right player."

Liverpool's next game is against West Ham and the German tactician will have issues making a formidable selection against the Hammers who are riding high in fifth position.

The Reds title chances of winning the league back-to-back are currently under threat but their win over Spurs hs kept them six points within leaders Man City.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Sokratis Papastathopoulos has emerged as a surprise target for Liverpool following their defensive problems of late, Daily Mail reports.

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The Reds have been hindered with injury problems to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip who are all defenders.

This has forced Fabinho and Jordan Henderson to play in their unnatural positions at the back and has cost the Anfield giants a couple of matches this season.

The inexperienced Rhys Williams has been entrusted with activities at the back but his mistake against Man United at the FA Cup tie put a sword through Liverpool's chances in winning a treble this season.

Source: Legit.ng

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