Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk is expected to be out for sometime with a hamstring injury, according to reports.
The 31-year-old was substituted at half-time in the Reds’ 3-1 defeat to Brentford on Monday night.
Manager Jurgen Klopp said the substitution was a precaution, but subsequent scans have now confirmed a hamstring injury for the Dutchman.
Van Dijk could be out for up to a month, but further checks in the coming days will determine the severity of the injury and time on the sidelines.
Liverpool are expected to provide a further update on their £75million centre-back ahead of the Reds’ FA Cup tie against Wolves at Anfield on Saturday night, a game which could see Cody Gakpo make his debut.
Van Dijk will have most likely sat out of that clash, but it is a huge set back for the club, who are pushing for a top four place.
The Reds face Brighton and Chelsea in the Premier League this month, and the absence of the influential Dutchman is a huge blow for Klopp.
Matip is likely to deputise alongside Ibrahima Konate, Joe Gomez and Nat Phillips is also likely to be given minutes following Van Dijk’s injury.
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Speaking after the 3-1 defeat against Brentford, Klopp said: “Virgil felt a little bit the muscle and said it is fine, and he is a very good judge of these kinds of things. But I didn’t want to take any risks.
“The physios looked quite happy when I said we don’t take risks. It’s not an injury, he just felt the intensity.”
Liverpool are already without Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz, Roberto Firmino, Arthur Melo, James Milner currently, with Van Dijk now joining them on the treatment table.
Klopp will now be desperate to have his key defender fit and ready for action on February 13, when his side face Everton at Anfield in the Merseyside derby.
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