Liverpool set for serious issues after key player ruled out
BBC Sport are reporting that Liverpool could well be without defender Joel Matip for another six games, as uncertainty over his playing status goes on.
The player retired from international football in 2015, but has been called up to represent Cameroon at the African Cup of Nations – and made it clear he had no interest in going.
However, the player was told to join up with his country, and after refusing to do so, is now in hot water with them, and stunningly, FIFA.
FIFA have so far refused to clarify if Liverpool could face sanctions for playing him, causing the club to pull him out of their squad for the Manchester United game only an hour before kick off.
With games looming thick and fast, yet a FIFA clarification nowhere to be seen, Liverpool are unsure of what to do, and should they play the defender, could risk being sanctioned and facing FIFA punishments.
Klopp said: “Our understanding is Joel is retired from international football and we, the club, did everything we had to do to make this clear but until now we could not get the response we need to be 100% sure that he can play.
“It’s pretty difficult and pretty frustrating, to be honest.”
This is on the back of the Mamadou Sakho debacle of last season, with the player suspended for months before being declared innocent of all charges against him.