The injury curse for Liverpool pair Joel Matip and Naby Keita has struck again with both players very unlikely to play against Newcastle on Wednesday.
Matip started the 1-1 draw against West Brom yesterday but had to be replaced by Rhys Williams at centre-back in the second half and manager Jurgen Klopp said after the match he was awaiting news about how serious the injury may be.
“Joel told me he felt something in his adductor and that’s obviously not too good. I am not sure how serious it is now, but it was serious enough that he had to leave the pitch. The rest of the information I will get tomorrow.”
In Keita’s case, the Guinean international did not make the squad after picking up yet another muscular problem, and supporters on Twitter have now completely lost patience with the pair:
Sell them already….sigh….
— Jo Anne Marie ❤🌹 (@joey8001) December 27, 2020
How many times have we seen this before
— Antony R🔴 (@up_lfc) December 27, 2020
Sign a CB in January.
— 6⃣7⃣ (@lfcTruelsen) December 27, 2020
How many times have we seen this exact tweet sigh 😔
— ً (@nabydeco08) December 27, 2020
We are tired of them getting injured
— JAMESFF (@JAMESFF9) December 27, 2020
Sorry but we can’t keep paying wages of Matip and Keita when they can’t stay fit. Let them go, pay Gini and Salah so they stay.
— ThiagoSZN (@6ThiagoSZN) December 27, 2020
these dudes are made out of glass
— Liverpool Guy (@_Liverpool_Guy_) December 27, 2020
I'm tired of both of them..sell them
— Liverpoolfc champions 2019/20 (@Oyedirankehind7) December 27, 2020
Just terminate their contracts
— Hillary (@Hillary41006279) December 27, 2020
I’m tired of this man 😴
— LFC_Lewis⚪️🔴 (@LFC_Lewis66) December 27, 2020
Having two members of the first-team squad who can barely string two games together because of their injury records is certainly far from ideal, especially with the current packed fixture schedule.
Although both are clearly good players, they are simply not available enough to make the impact that is required and there will have to be decisions made on their futures at the end of the season.