January 18, 2017

Liverpool’s Joël Matip will not play in FA Cup replay against Plymouth


Joël Matip has not travelled with the Liverpool squad for their FA Cup replay against Plymouth and will not feature on Wednesday night after being left out of the squad.

Manager Jürgen Klopp was due consult Liverpool’s lawyers over whether to select Matip amid concern the defender’s inclusion could result in the club’s expulsion from the FA Cup. Matip was not selected in Cameroon’s final 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations and, as far as Liverpool are concerned, retired from international football in 2015. But the club have not received confirmation the defender can play for Liverpool during the tournament without threat of sanction, prompting his withdrawal from the squad who faced Manchester United at Old Trafford last Sunday.

Fifa will decide on Friday whether Matip has a case to answer and, if so, Klopp admitted it could be “another seven or 10 days before we get a decision”.

The former Schalke player was not on Liverpool’s flight to Devon on Wednesday morning and it is understood he will continue to train on his own at Melwood. Klopp will once again turn to the younger members of his squad for the replay against Plymouth, with only Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho, Divock Origi, Lucas, Albert Moreno and Ragnar Klavan making the trip.

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