Liverpool's Joel Matip to miss game against Spartak Moscow

Liverpool's Joe Gomez getting the better of Newcastle United's Christian Atsu says there is plenty on the line for his club in the next few days

The Cameroon global will not be back for this week's Champions League clash against Spartak Moscow and seems likely to miss Sunday's Merseyside derby at Anfield.

As per a report from the Guardian, broadcaster BBC have today been left dumbfounded by the decision of Liverpool to opt against allowing them to provide live radio commentary of their final Champions League group game this coming week.

"He has hurt his muscle", Klopp told Liverpool's official website. But as always, it's possible.

The Cameroon global missed Saturday's 5-1 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion and appears unlikely to be fit in time for Sunday's Merseyside derby against Everton, which is live on Sky Sports.

With Ragnar Klavan only deemed fit enough for a spot on the bench after illness and Joe Gomez also feeling unwell, Klopp was forced to get creative with his defensive selection at Brighton, deploying midfielders Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum either side of Dejan Lovren in a three-man backline.

"Emre needs to do that [play centre-back at times], like Gini [Wijnaldum] can do that", Klopp said. Much-changed Liverpool produced another ruthless attacking display at the Amex Stadium, scoring twice in 79 first-half seconds before adding another three after the interval as Klopp's rotational policy continued to yield positive results.

"I enjoyed it. It was like "wow, interesting". It was clear it wouldn't be flawless, but the boys were ready to cope with the difficulties of the new system.

Liverpool have defended the decision by pointing out that live commentary of each of their five Champions League group matches so far this season have been broadcast via their website and that access to the service for the Spartak match will, like with the others, be free.



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