€35m-rated Liverpool injured defender will miss rest of the season

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The Merseyside giants have today confirmed that centre-back Joel Matip is ready to miss the rest of the campaign through injury.

Liverpool have been celebrating a long-awaited 19th league title win, but they, unfortunately, had some bad news today as Matip will be out for the remainder of the season. Reds announced this on their official site today, with the Cameroonian centre-back suffering a foot injury.

The club’s report quotes Joel as targeting a return for next campaign, but this is not the first time he’s had fitness issues during his Anfield career. Despite being a top performer in Liverpool’s defence, Joel does look a tad injury prone, as does Joe Gomez.

This means Liverpool surely need to bolster at centre-back this summer if they are to avoid being overly reliant on Virgil van Dijk and unable to give him the occasional breather, while Dejan Lovren is also not a backup they want to be using too often.

The Reds with possible defensive recruits, claiming Jurgen Klopp is looking at Marseille youngster Boubacar Kamara as a potential cheap alternative to Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

Liverpool would do well to bring in either of those players, with Man City sure to strengthen this summer, while Chelsea have also shown real intent with deals for Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.