Explanation provided for Joel Matip’s absence from Liverpool squad to take on Man United

An insight into the reasoning behind Joel Matip’s absence from Liverpool’s matchday squad to take on Manchester United this evening has been forthcoming.

Explanation provided for Joel Matip’s absence from Liverpool squad to take on Man United

United host Liverpool

The marquee fixture of the FA Cup’s 4th-round is set to take place at Old Trafford shortly.

The clash in question will see historic rivalries renewed, when Manchester United and Liverpool face off for a place in the competition’s last-16.

Adding further spice to the occasion is of course the fact that the two sides only met last weekend, in a Premier League showdown at Anfield.

On that occasion, an altogether forgetful 90 minutes eventually saw the spoils shared, in a drab 0-0 stalemate.

Explanation provided for Joel Matip’s absence from Liverpool squad to take on Man United

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JANUARY 17: Thiago of Liverpool challenges for the ball with Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on January 17, 2021 in Liverpool, England. Sporting stadiums around England remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Since, though, it is today’s hosts who have enjoyed the better of things.

Manchester United moved back to the summit of the English top-flight on Wednesday, courtesy of a hard-fought 2-1 win over Scott Parker’s Fulham.

Liverpool, on the other hand, saw their struggles to find the net continue, en route to a shock 1-0 defeat at home to Burnley.

Matip missing

As such, ahead of the fast-approaching kick-off in Manchester, fans of this evening’s visitors were no doubt desperate to see Jurgen Klopp field as strong an XI as possible, as the Reds seek out a much-needed morale boosting victory.

It therefore likely came as a blow when, upon Liverpool’s starting line-up being revealed, the likes of Sadio Mane and Jordan Henderson, the latter of whom also missed his side’s defeat to Burnley during the week, were nowhere to be seen:

Another to have missed out on a starting berth at Old Trafford, meanwhile, is Joel Matip.

Cameroonian stopper Matip only recently returned from a spell on the sidelines, with his complete omission from Liverpool’s squad this evening, in turn, having led to immediate concerns regarding the possibility of a recurrence.

As confirmed by the reliable James Pearce, however, Jurgen Klopp and co. are simply attempting to manage the 29-year-old’s game-time, amid the hectic fixture list at present.

To be clear, Matip has not picked up another injury.


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This article was edited by
Josh Barker.

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1 Manchester United FC 19 11 40
2 Manchester City FC 18 18 38
3 Leicester City FC 19 14 38
4 Liverpool FC 19 15 34
5 Tottenham Hotspur FC 18 16 33
6 Everton FC 17 7 32
7 West Ham United FC 19 5 32
8 Aston Villa FC 17 13 29
9 Chelsea FC 19 10 29
10 Southampton FC 18 5 29
11 Arsenal FC 19 4 27
12 Leeds United 18 -4 23
13 Crystal Palace FC 19 -11 23
14 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 19 -8 22
15 Burnley FC 18 -12 19
16 Newcastle United FC 19 -14 19
17 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 19 -7 17
18 Fulham FC 18 -12 12
19 West Bromwich Albion 19 -28 11
20 Sheffield United FC 19 -22 5
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Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 13
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 12
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 12
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 11
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 11
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 11
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 10
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 8
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 8
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 7
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 7
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion FC 7
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 6
Maddison, James Leicester City FC 6
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 6
Abraham, Tammy Chelsea FC 6
Grealish, Jack Aston Villa FC 5
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