Joel Matip declares himself available for Liverpool’s clash with Manchester United after injury lay-off

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Joel Matip training with Liverpool ahead of their game against Manchester United
is available for Liverpool’s journey to Old Trafford on Sunday (Picture: Getty)

Jurgen Klopp has been handed a significant enhance forward of Liverpool’s sport in opposition to Manchester United on Sunday with the information that Joel Matip is match to participate.

The 28-year-old has been one in every of Liverpool’s most constant performers this season and was missed throughout their 4-Three win over Red Bull Salzburg and 2-1 victory over Leicester City previous to the worldwide break.

Matip final performed for Liverpool throughout their hard-fought 1-Zero win over Sheffield United on the finish of September however a knock picked up in that sport has meant that he has been unavailable for choice for the previous two video games.

Joel Matip celebrates with Virgil Van Dijk after scoring against Manchester City
Matip and Virgil Van Dijk have struck up a wonderful partnership in Liverpool’s defence (Picture: Getty)

Alongside No.1 goalkeeper Alisson Becker, Matip returned to full coaching on Tuesday and having come by means of subsequent classes on Wednesday and Thursday unscathed, he believes he is able to characteristic at Old Trafford.

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‘I’m again in coaching and hopefully, I’ll keep match,’ he mentioned. ‘I’m again in coaching and I really feel good. Of course, if I’m wanted [at Old Trafford], I will probably be there.

‘Injuries [happen] to a player. Now I’m again, I hope I keep match and I can concentrate on the positives.’

Matip was Liverpool’s fourth-choice central defender at first of final season however has usurped Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren in Klopp’s pecking order for the reason that flip of the yr, rising as Virgil Van Dijk’s common companion.

The pair have struck up an distinctive understanding within the coronary heart of Liverpool’s defence and Matip will probably be anticipated to come back again into the beginning line-up after Gomez endured a troublesome sport in opposition to Salzburg within the Champions League.

Klopp ought to have just about a full complement to select from for Sunday’s sport with stories this week stating that Mohamed Salah has overcome an ankle downside picked up in the course of the latter phases of the win over Leicester.

Liverpool are favourites to win in opposition to their arch-rivals with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s group out-of-form and with out each Paul Pogba and David De Gea for the sport attributable to accidents.

MORE: How Joel Matip has established himself as Virgil Van Dijk’s excellent defensive companion at Liverpool

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