However, the 11th different starting centre-back combination in the league was short-lived after Matip was substituted at half-time with Nat Phillips taking his place.
After being managed last time out at Old Trafford having played a single game, against Burnley, following his latest return from injury it was a welcome sight – especially considering Fabinho‘s absence.
However, his stop-start season continued on Thursday and while Liverpool were to emerge as 3-1 victors, it was a blemish which could not be overlooked and the manager conceded his ankle injury “looks serious.”
“It looks like something serious, to be honest, for Joel,” he explained post-match before later stating in his post-match press conference that he has damaged his “ankle ligaments.”
“He had a problem with his ankle. There was no chance to play on.”
It, of course, raises further questions about activity in the market with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez both on the long-term injury list and Fabinho succumbing to a strain, with the severity unknown, currently leaves Liverpool without a senior centre-back.
If the injury is as Klopp suggests, Matip could be facing weeks if not months on the sidelines depending on the severity.