Liverpool lose Joel Matip for the rest of the season

After suffering a thigh injury against Crystal Palace on Saturday, Joel Matip's season with Liverpool is thought to be over.

Matip out for rest of season with thigh injury

Liverpool defender Joel Matip looks set to miss the rest of the season with a thigh problem that is likely to require surgery. The Cameroon international sustained the injury during Liverpool's 1-2 away win at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Matip joins Liverpool's walking wounded

It did not prevent him from completing the full 90 minutes at Selhurst Park as the Reds came from behind to win, but he was examined afterwards due to discomfort. A further medical assessment has determined surgery is likely to be needed in order to resolve the issue. As such, Matip is expected to miss the rest of the season, dealing manager Jürgen Klopp a significant blow.


Lovren or Klavan against City

The 26-year-old has featured 25 times in the Premier League this term and will have been expected to start alongside Virgil van Dijk in tomorrow's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Manchester City at Anfield. However, Klopp will now have to turn to the much-maligned Dejan Lovren as the Reds bid to reach the last four with the out-of-favour Ragnar Klavan an alternative option.