Liverpool: Matip absence explained; Klopp wants winger; United cause transfer problems
Amid all of the elation of a convincing victory at Middlesbrough after a draw and defeat in their last two games, Joel Matip’s absence was easily forgotten despite his growing importance to the team. James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo revealed that the central defender traveled with the squad but was ruled out with a foot and ankle problem late on.
The fact that he traveled with the squad may suggest that it is not a serious concern for the Cameroonian, but Jurgen Klopp will be desperate to have his free signing from this summer back available as soon as possible given his good form.
The Mirror are also reporting on claims that Klopp is also hoping to add to his squad with the signing of Frank Acheampong from Anderlecht in Belgium. The left winger is also capable of playing at left back, a problem position for the team at present despite James Milner adjusting well.
The 23-year-old is said to have been scouted intensively over the past weeks and months but a January move seems unlikely given that he will be heading off to the African Cup of Nations with Ghana at the end of the month.
Another winger linked with the Reds is Spartak Moscow’s Quincy Promes, though Russian sources, quoted by the Liverpool Echo, say that the Dutchman may be persuaded to stay if the club complete a move to bring his international teammate from Manchester United in the form of Memphis Depay, who could join the Russian club on loan.
The 24-year-old is valued at around £15 million and had been linked after scoring on six occasions and setting up seven other goals with assists in just 14 league games this campaign, so Klopp may be hoping that Depay instead opts for a move elsewhere.
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